HPD Quarantined Due to Suspicious Powder
On 10-10-13 at approximately 12:30 pm, a local Hendersonville couple attempted to report a threatening letter received at their home. In doing so, they entered the Hendersonville Police Department with the letter which contained a suspicious white powder. This resulted in quarantine of the police department. Thirty two persons engaged in business at the police department remained within the building until the environment was determined to be safe at approximately 8:30 pm. Resources were available to maintain police service to the community during the entire event.
Multiple agencies were involved in containment and resolution of the potentially hazardous material. Presumptive testing has determined the substance is not a hazardous or weaponized material. The material is believed to contain a small amount of boric acid, which is classified as a dangerous substance.
At present, this threat is limited to the two individuals in receipt of the letter. There is no evidence of any other persons being targeted.
Investigators are currently developing and working leads towards identification of the sender.
Police caution anyone exposed to suspicious unknown materials to not move the material, and slowly distance yourself from the material.
Anyone with information relative to this investigation is asked to contact the Hendersonville Police Department at 615-822-1111 or the Hendersonville Crime Stoppers at 615-573-5400. Tips can also be texted to CRIMES (274637) using keyword TIPHPD.
Release by Lt. Scott Ryan