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Substance sent to Erie County Board of Elections determined to be non-hazardous

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Posted at 11:57 AM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 12:58:26-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A white powdery substance that forced the evacuation of the Erie County Board of Elections has been determined to be non-hazardous, according to county executive Mark Poloncarz.

Staff are now being allowed to return to the building.

The board of elections shut down abruptly shortly after 11 a.m. after an employee opened an envelope containing a suspicious substance.

An FBI Hazardous Material Response Team responded to the scene and tested the material with Buffalo Fire Hazmat.