By Kevin O’Rourke
Montgomery County Police detectives are now investigating who sent an envelope filled with a suspicious white powder, which turned out to be a harmless sugary substance, to an office building in Germantown on Thursday, Oct. 9.
At about 12:30 pm. MCFRS units were called to the office building at 12321 Middlebrook Road for a report of an unknown substance, according to MCFRS public information officer Oscar Garcia.
MCFRS Hazardous Materials unit entered the building and evaluated the atmosphere and substance and determined it to be non-hazardous and non-toxic.
Roughly 25 to 30 employees were evacuated. There were no reported injuries and no reported illnesses. Employees were displaced from the building for about two hours.
MCPD District Commander David Gillespie said that a number of employees were required to remain in the building until authorities could determine the nature of the suspicious substance.
The building, which is built on a hill, has two entrances, one on the upper level which houses Deposition Services, Inc. and separate entrance on the lower level which is home to two medical offices, Medical Access, Inc. and Germantown Primary Care Associates.
Gillespie said that MCPD detectives would be working with the U.S. Post Office to determine the origin of the letter which contained the suspicious substance, and identifying who may be responsible for sending it.
Top: Members of the MCFRS Haz-Mat Unit enter the building at 12321 Middlebrook Road to investigate a suspcious white powder was delivered on Thursday, Oct. 9.
Next: A number of MCFRS units responded to the incident at 12321 Middlebrook Road, to help evacuate the office building.
Photos by Germantown Pusle.