Unknown white powder delivered to an ESPN building

Published on Thursday, 7 June 2018 13:40
Written by Justin Muszynski

@muszynskiBP

BRISTOL — State and federal officials are investigating after a suspicious white powder was delivered to an ESPN building Thursday afternoon.

Police, firefighters and an ambulance responded to 575 Birch St., one of ESPN’s offices, at about 12:15 p.m. on the report of a suspicious powder that was inside an envelope.

Dep. Fire Chief John Ziogas said every test conducted on the unidentified powder found it was not hazardous.

“There’s one more test that needs to be done at a lab,” he said, adding that the results would likely take several days.

State police, the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Federal Bureau of Investigation all responded to investigate the suspicious substance.

According to the fire department, the package came from the Bristol Post Office before it was delivered to 545 Middle St., ESPN’s mailroom. It was then taken to the Birch Street building, which houses ESPN’s communications, legal, facilities and corporate outreach departments.

Ziogas said one woman handled the package before it was reported to authorities. She was not harmed. The powder spilled out of an envelope as she opened it.

“There was nothing else in the envelope,” Ziogas said. “It was an intentional act.”

More than a dozen people could be seen outside the Birch Street building — which is cordoned off to the public — not long after the package was reported, but Mike Soltys, an ESPN spokesperson, said the building was not evacuated. Instead, he said, a “shelter in place” was conducted.

Authorities, Soltys said, took “extra precautions” as they investigated the matter.

Officials could be seen at ESPN until about 4 p.m.



Posted in The Bristol Press, , Bristol on Thursday, 7 June 2018 13:40. Updated: Thursday, 7 June 2018 16:43.