BRISTOL — 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. 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.
According to the fire department, one woman handled the package before it was reported to authorities. She was not harmed.
The state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was notified and is responding to ESPN.
The local Postmaster General was notified and was also expected to respond to the scene.
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.
The local authorities, Soltys said, “are taking extra precautions as they look into the situation.”