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Hazmat team responds to Sen. Toomey's office in Salisbury

Published On: Feb 25 2013 02:58:52 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 25 2013 06:22:21 PM EST

A suspicious envelope drew the response of a hazardous materials crew to U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's office in Lehigh County.


A suspicious envelope drew the response of a hazardous materials crew to the Lehigh County office of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

The crews were dispatched to the office at 1150 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. in Salisbury Township, near Allentown, at 2:40 p.m. Monday, said emergency dispatchers with the Lehigh County Communications Centers.

Someone inside the office who handled the package thought something granular in nature was inside and sounded the alarm, said Detective Kevin Kress, Salisbury Twp. Police Dept.


"The Senate Sergeant at Arms office provides congressional staff with training and equipment, including mail containment units, to deal with these circumstances," said William Rivers, a spokesman for Toomey's office.

A subsequent examination of the package revealed nothing malicious inside, said Kress.

Toomey was not in the office at the time.

"Sen. Toomey appreciates the quick response by the Salisbury Township police and Lehigh County hazmat unit," said Rivers, who noted that the incident has been reported to the U.S. Capitol police.

It was almost a year ago to the day when hazmat teams were called to Toomey's Philadelphia office.

Their response on Feb. 23, 2012, was prompted by a white powder found in a letter sent to the office in the 1600 block of JFK Boulevard.

No one was was hurt, and the office was not evacuated.

That discovery was made a day after a message was sent to the U.S. Senate community that warned of a possible mail threat.