White powder found in envelope mailed to SPD; was a dog vitamin

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The discovery of a white powder inside an envelope delivered to the Springfield Police Department led to a hazardous materials team being called-in as a precaution.

According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, a large manila envelope from the Springfield Kennel Club containing vitamins for a police dog was delivered to the commissioner’s office Monday morning. He said that one of those pills must have gotten crushed during delivery, causing a white powder to fall out of the envelope. To be on the safe side, Delaney says officers called the fire department.

Springfield Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Guyer said that after they got there, the arson and bomb squad determined that the state hazmat team should be called in to X-ray the envelope, just in case.

The building remained functioning as normal as the investigation was underway, though westbound traffic on Pearl Street was temporarily blocked due to the hazardous materials truck parked in front of the building.

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