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White powder in hazardous material response at Capitol Hill house turns out to be drugs

Neighbors near Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park saw a peculiar scene unfold Wednesday night as Seattle Fire personnel carefully brought an envelope containing a suspicious white powder out of a home on the block and into the front yard. Fortunately, this wasn’t a terrorist attack on a single family home. Instead, the suspicious white powder turned out to be a drug, a Seattle Fire spokesperson tells CHS.

SFD was called to the home around 9 PM to a report that a suspicious envelope found at the address contained an unknown powder.

A hazardous material response was initiated and the item was removed from the house and carefully inspected. After a thorough examination, the white powder was determined to be a narcotic, SFD says, and Seattle Police were called to take possession of the drugs.

While we don’t know where the powder filled envelope came from, it remains surprisingly common for people to use the postal service to deliver drugs. Postal inspectors regularly seize illegal drugs including lots of marijuana. Given all the mail flying around, it is easy for the occasional mis-delivery or wrong address to pop up.

An SPD spokesperson says the amount of narcotic recovered Wednesday night was very small. There were no arrests and no reported injuries.

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3 thoughts on “White powder in hazardous material response at Capitol Hill house turns out to be drugs

    • I was seriously just thinking that whomever lives in that house needs to have a conversation with the rest of the household, not SFD, cos y’all just found someone’s personal drugs not anthrax.