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JN Mail Handlers Report Finding Suspicious Powder

The mail was opened in the White Plains Library parking garage Friday afternoon, police say.

 

Two mail handlers from The Journal News reported finding a suspicious powder in a package addressed to the media company's White Plains headquarters Friday afternoon, police say.

The package was opened inside a vehicle parked in the White Plains Library parking garage at 100 Martine Ave. A mail handler reported the incident at the White Plains Public Safety Building next door at 12:23 p.m., said White Plains Police Commissioner David Chong.

The vehicle, a Cadillac, was quickly secured and will be towed from the lot, impounded, and searched at another location.

"We are going to conduct the search of the vehicle in a safe environment, we are not going to open the car and remove that powder inside the public parking lot," Chong said.

Two mail handlers who possibly came into contact with the package requested to be decontaminated, Chong said, and that process is underway.

The package was addressed to The Journal News' White Plains office at 1133 Westchester Ave., Chong said. The mail handlers said they had picked up the mail at another location and decided to open the package in the parking lot, Chong said.

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