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PHX police, fire investigate envelope with white powder sent to call center downtown

Posted at 8:54 AM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 18:03:22-04

PHOENIX — A building in downtown Phoenix was evacuated after an employee at a call center opened a suspicious package filled with a white powder Tuesday morning.

At approximately 8 a.m., police were called to a the Water Services Department of the City of Phoenix's call center, located near Washington Street and Third Avenue for reports of a suspicious package.

According to Phoenix police and fire, an employee opened an envelope that contained a white substance. Police say the employee who received the envelope felt a "tingling sensation" on his fingers after coming into contact with the powder.

Officials evacuated the building and are evaluating the employee who opened the envelope. The employee is said to be in stable condition.

Police do not believe there is an immediate threat to the area.

The incident is still under investigation.

CORRECTION: Phoenix PD originally posted a tweet announcing a suspect was arrested in the suspicious package incident. Their tweet has since been deleted and police say nobody is in custody.