White Powder Substance Found May Be False Alarm

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

Flashing lights and yellow police tape lined the perimeter of the Coronado Village Shopping Center Wednesday morning. Authorities wasted no time evacuating Netflix employees after an employee ran across a suspicious package.

Jimmy Talley of the Panama City Fire Department said, "An employee opened up a container. When she opened it up it contained a disk with quite a bit of unknown white powder on it."

That's when the hazardous materials team was called in. Authorities retrieved the substance from the building and tested it for hazardous biological material like anthrax and Ricin.

All tests came back negative, but authorities are still unsure of exactly what the powder is.

Chief David Morrison of Bay County Fire Rescue, said, "There was really not enough sample to tell you what the powder was, but we were able to run enough CST tests and other tests to know it was not biological hazardous."

Employees were allowed back inside after officials ok'd the scene, but authorities are still trying to figure out what the material is. If it is identified, investigators can push to find out who sent the package.

Even though the powder is not harmful, it's still illegal to mail things like this as a scare tactic. If you have any information on this issue, you can contact the Panama City Police Department at 872-3112.

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