JACKSONVILLE, Ore. — Firefighters shut down the Jacksonville post office for a short time this morning to investigate a suspicious white powder.
Firefighters say there was never any real threat, and the substance ended up being a powdered soap. They say a post office employee was handling a box around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday when it began leaking the white substance.
They say that employee suffered some kind of respiratory reaction to the powder. Firefighters contacted the shipper and receiver, confirmed that the product was just soap, but they say the employees did the right thing by being cautious.
“I think it was a combination of both,” stated Jacksonville Fire Chief Devin Hull. “I think one was the white substance in the product, it was kind of emitting a powder in the air, as well as the employee being exposed and having some respiratory problems.”
The post office resumed normal business after a 30-minute delay.