Discovery of white powder in Hubbard sends at least 12 to hospit - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Updated

Discovery of white powder in Hubbard sends at least 12 to hospital

Posted: Updated:
HUBBARD, Ohio -

HazMat crews were at a Hubbard neighborhood from late Friday until early Saturday after a suspicious white powder was found in two mailboxes.

The ordeal started around 10 p.m. Friday when a person living at a home in the 6400-block of Trumbull Avenue, found the powder in her mailbox.  She then called for help.

It was first believed that the powder was in several more mailboxes along Trumbull Avenue, which forced the closure of the entire road. It was later determined only two mailboxes had been contaminated.

The neighborhood was locked down for hours overnight while HazMat crews conducted tests on the powder. However the substance still had not been identified by early Saturday.

Approximately 12 people exposed to the powder were taken to the hospital early Saturday as a precaution.

Eagle Joint Fire District Chief Ron Stanish tells 21 News that 8 of those taken to the hospital live in the neighborhood, The others were police and EMS crews.

None of the 12 people possibly exposed showed any symptoms of illness.

At around 2 a.m. Saturday, HazMat determined the neighborhood was safe enough for residents to resume their normal activities and no one else was taken to the hospital.

Officials are expected to release their findings when they determine the nature of the powder.

The FBI, Ohio BCI, and Ohio State Highway Patrol have now taken over the investigation.

HazMat teams from both Trumbull County and the Air Reserve Station in Vienna assisted on scene.

Stay connected with the 21 News App for the latest on this developing story.

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms