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.
Scene outside @ErieCountyBOE Offices on West Eagle Street where an envelope was received this morning with white powder. Employees have left the building and Buffalo Fire, PD and Hazmat responding, along with @ErieCountyESU teams. No report yet on whether powder was dangerous. pic.twitter.com/6IQUg9KkSl— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) September 28, 2020