HazMat Teams Respond to Suspicious Package from Canada

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. – A mysterious package containing an unidentified white powder, which was sent to an Eagle County home, had health officials on alert last week.

A spokesperson with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said deputies got reports of a suspicious package at a home on E. Lake Creek Road at around 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

The homeowners told deputies and crews from the Eagle River Fire Protection District (ERFPD) that they signed for a package that they were not expecting and discovered a sealed plastic bag with white powder inside once they opened it.

The home was evacuated and a hot zone was established to keep the package isolated, the Sheriff’s spokesperson said. The Regional Hazardous Materials Association of Eagle County was also called to the home.

In a statement, the Sheriff’s spokesperson said the package appeared to have come from Canada and was originally addressed to the homeowner’s previous address in Florida.

When hazmat crews got to the home, they removed the package and took it to the Eagle County law enforcement shooting range in Wolcott to be tested.

Chemical testing was inconclusive, the Sheriff’s spokesperson said; however, the test did reveal that the substance was an unidentifiable food grade material that was not toxic or hazardous.

The package was thrown away at the request of the homeowner, the Sheriff’s spokesperson said.

If you suspect a letter or package contains a bomb, radiological, biological or chemical threat, take the following actions: Isolate the area, call 911, and wash your hands with soap and water.