HazMat Team Responds to Hospital, Office Building to Find Non-Toxic Powdery Substances

The Trenton HazMat Dept. responded today to two hazmat calls, both of which were determined to be non-hazardous.

Trenton Fire Department’s HazMat Team and the Princeton Township Police Department confirmed this afternoon that two hazmat situations which occurred today – one in the borough at the University Medical Center—and the other on Thanet Circle in the township – involved non-toxic, non-hazardous substances. 

Trenton Battalion Chief Leonard Carmichael Jr. said that samples from both incidents came back as nonhazardous, with the first call coming in at approximately 11:15 a.m. He said the hazmat team responded to a call coming from an office building at Church & Dwight on Thanet Circle in the township after an employee opened a letter that contained white powder.

Chief Carmichael said that one employee was exposed, with dozens more who ended up being quarantined.

Princeton Township Police said this afternoon that preliminary tests came back that the substance was powdered sugar.

 Shortly after the Thanet Circle call, a second report came in for a incident at the University Medical Center on Witherspoon Street.

“At approximately 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, an employee in the Storeroom at University Medical Center at Princeton opened a box that contained an unfamiliar powder,” said Carol Norris-Smith, Princeton Healthcare System’s vice president of marketing.

Chief Carmichael said that the employee notified hospital management, who then in turn notified borough and township police.

The Trenton HazMat confirmed this afternoon that the second substance came back as a nontoxic powder-glue that is used for packaging boxes and shipping.  

The Trenton HazMat Special Response Team responds to hazmat calls throughout Mercer County.

Chief Carmichael noted that both calls were handled with the successful combined efforts of several township and borough response teams.

“I would like to thank the Princeton Fire Department, the Princeton Borough Police and Princeton Township Police and members of the Trenton Task Force 1, which consists of Engine Co. 1, Ladder Co. 1 and Rescue Co. 1 for their hard work,” he added. 

Princeton Township Police said that the New Jersey State Police, the FBI, and the Dept. of Homeland Security were also notified and are investigating both incidents. 


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