Authorities determine powder delivered to Northampton business not dangerous
NORTHAMPTON — A white powder contained in an envelope delivered to a King Street business Tuesday morning was not toxic or life-threatening, emergency officials said.
“There’s no hazard or public safety risk,” Northampton Police Detective Corey Robinson said shortly after 1 p.m. as crews from a regional hazardous materials team completed their work behind the Potpourri Plaza at 243 King St.
Robinson said an employee at Fazzi Associates, a home care and hospice consulting firm, called the Fire Department at 10 a.m. after discovering the powder in an envelope.
The envelope included a response to a survey the company routinely sends out. Robinson said nothing appeared out of the ordinary with the survey form in the envelope.
“At this point, the powder is not toxic and there were no threats in the letter,” he said.
Further tests will be conducted at a state laboratory to determine what the substance is, he said.
Northampton firefighters responded and called in technical experts from the regional hazardous materials team to investigate, said Assistant Fire Chief Duane Nichols. That team conducted tests in a tent set up behind the Potpourri Plaza, next to a drive-through banking area for the UMass Five College Credit Union.
Nichols said the team determined the substance could be one of a handful of chemicals, none of which pose a threat to public safety.
Fazzi Associates employees were back at work early Tuesday afternoon, Robinson said.