Officials: White powder found in mail at CBN was harmless

Photo courtesy: WAVY/Rob Rizzo

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Fire crews responded to the Christian Broadcasting Network in the 900 block of Centerville Turnpike Monday morning to investigate the report of an unknown substance.

According to Chris Roslan, a spokesman for CBN, an employee in the mail processing facility at CBN opened a letter around 8 a.m. addressed to CBN. The mail was related to a prayer request. The employee immediately alerted CBN police when she noticed unidentified white powder in the envelope.  Police sealed off the facility and quarantined the employee, Roslan said. She did not show any signs of sickness and did not go to the hospital.

No evacuations were ordered, but the building was placed on lockdown as Virginia Beach HAZMAT tested the substance.

The FBI, US Postal Inspector and Virginia Beach HAZMAT officials all responded. At noon, officials said the suspicious letter was determined to be harmless. CBN Police gave the “all clear.”


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