NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Units with the Newport News Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Team deemed a suspicious white powder found at the city police department’s central precinct to be not hazardous.
Dispatchers received a call about the hazmat situation in the 600 block of Dresden Drive at 4:39 p.m.
Police say a man with a letter he picked up from a post office in Smithfield took the letter to the central precinct to report an unknown substance found inside. Officers say the man didn’t report he was bringing the letter before showing up to report it.
Master Police Officer Brandon Maynard says he wasn’t briefed on what the substance actually was, but confirmed it was harmless.
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