Suspicious White Powder Prompts Hazmat Team Response

January 31, 2016

A Hazmat team was called to Cottage Hill Saturday night after a resident reported receiving a package containing a suspicious white powder.

A resident of Smyers Road, just off Williams Ditch Road, called authorities just after 8 p.m. to report the package with the unidentified powder.  Family members were moved away from the scene in an ambulance, as an Escambia County Fire Rescue Hazmat Team responded.

Just before 10 p.m., the Hazmat team made entry into the residence and performed preliminary testing on the substance. Additional tests were done outside the home, and the substance was declared to be not hazardous by 10:30 p.m.

There was no official word Saturday night as to what the substance actually was and an investigation continues.

There were no injuries reported.

Additional units from Escambia Fire Rescue, Escambia County EMS, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies responded to the incident.

For additional photos, click here.

Picture top: Hazmat team members test a suspicious substance received in a package at a Cottage Hill home Saturday night. Pictured inset: Team members prepare to enter the home. Pictured below: Hazmat team members suit up for the operation. photos by Kristi Price, click to enlarge.


One Response to “Suspicious White Powder Prompts Hazmat Team Response”

  1. Betty Ashcraft on January 31st, 2016 8:39 am

    This was AJ Ashcraft’s first Hazmat call after becoming a Escambia County Fire Fighter. Good job AJ. Great job on the pictures Kristi Price, as always!

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