Powder sent to ESPN found to be not hazardous

Published on Thursday, 7 June 2018 21:25


BRISTOL - State and federal officials are investigating after a suspicious white powder was delivered in an envelope 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..

Deputy 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 FBI also responded to investigate the substance.

According to the fire department, the package came from the Bristol post office and 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. She was not harmed. The powder spilled out 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 not long after the package was reported, but Mike Soltys, an ESPN spokesman, said the building was not evacuated. Instead, he said, a “shelter in place” was conducted.

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

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

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Thursday, 7 June 2018 21:25. Updated: Thursday, 7 June 2018 21:44.