Powder Accompanied By Letter About Dangers Of Asbestos

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A suspicious package has been sent to the headquarters of the New York City Fire Department in Brooklyn, but police have determined a white powder found inside is no threat.

The NYPD said around 1:30 Monday afternoon that the white powder mailed to FDNY headquarters at MetroTech Center in Brooklyn is not hazardous.

Police spokesman Paul Browne told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb that it’s not yet known exactly what the powder was, but that it was accompanied by a letter about the dangers of asbestos.

FDNY sources told Lamb that an envelope containing white powder was mailed to a member of the department at the Fire Prevention section.

Members of the bomb squad and the NYPD Emergency Services Unit answered the call to check out the suspicious envelope, Lamb reported.

The NYPD has specially trained personnel who wear head-to-toe Tyvec suits in such situations, Lamb reported.

The powder will likely still be sent to labs for additional testing.

At the moment, there is no word on what the powder may be, but after the recent Ricin incidents, extra caution was taken, Lamb reported.

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