Suspicious Substance In Envelope Prompts Evacuation

May 20, 2013

Authorities say a government building in southwestern Ohio was evacuated and three people were taken to a hospital after a woman opened a letter containing a powdery substance and reported her hands burned.

The fire chief in Lebanon says the woman and two workers who helped her wash off the powder were taken to the hospital around midday and later released. The chief says a hazardous materials team recovered the envelope and gave it to police for further investigation. About 100 people were evacuated. Fire Chief Michael Hannigan says the building housing various health and human services agencies will reopen Tuesday. Hannigan says the letter apparently contained a form sent by one of the agencies to a client to be filled out and returned.