Powdery substance found at church building not biohazardous

| April 9, 2010

The powdery substance mailed in an envelope to a residence on the property of Sacred Heart Church in Georgetown Tuesday is not a biohazardous substance, said Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs.

Police have not yet released what the substance is, and police don’t yet have a motive for the incident, Chief Fuchs said.

Two people exposed to the substance were taken to the hospital for an evaluation Tuesday after first being decontaminated by a state decontamination unit.

Following testing, the substance was proven to be non-toxic and non-poisonous, said Mike Heibeck, Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department chief.

Officials were unsure at the time of the incident whether the substance was hazardous.

“When you’re dealing with something like this, it could be something harmless or dangerous, and we would rather err on the side of safety,” Chief Heibeck said Wednesday.

After officials responded to the call, the church property was secured and Church Street was closed at either side for several hours during the middle of the day.

Redding police, Connecticut State Police, the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department, a postal service inspector and an FBI agent all responded to the incident.



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