Unknown white substance found in Hubbard Township mailbox
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By William K. Alcorn
Several Hubbard Township residents were quarantined and decontaminated Friday night, then sent to area hospitals as precautionary measures after an unknown white powder was found in a mailbox in the 6400 block of Trumbull Avenue off Jacobs Road at 9:30 p.m.
The substance could not be identified as a biological hazard by the Youngstown Air Reserve Base’s sophisticated analysis equipment and remained unidentified as of Saturday afternoon,
The people, including the homeowner, who could have possibly come into contact with the substance were released from the hospital overnight, said Eagle Joint Fire District Chief Ron Stanish.
The potential victims were sent to St. Joseph Warren Hospital and Trumbull Memorial Hospital, both in Warren, and St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital in Youngstown, said Stanish.
The chief said he was informed at 2:45 p.m. Saturday that the substance tested negative for biological hazards, such as anthrax, which he called “good news.” He said a culture is being grown to determine what the substance is.
Stanish said personnel with the Eagle fire district, which serves Hubbard City and Township, cleared the scene midafternoon Saturday, and the FBI and Trumbull County Haz-Mat Team are continuing to investigate.
He said to his knowledge there have been no arrests or identification of any suspects in the incident.
Other safety personnel assisting the Eagle district were Brookfield Fire Department, Liberty Emergency Services and Life Fleet Ambulance Services, Stanish said.