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UPDATE: White powder not hazardous

Police, fire crews and HAZMAT officers were at the scene where suspicious white powder was found north of Kelowna's downtown.
June 17, 2013 - 4:52 PM

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. June 17, 2013

It turns out the white powder found at a Canada Post office in Kelowna this afternoon wasn't dangerous - it was icing sugar.

The Kelowna Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Team responded to a call at 530 Cawston Avenue earlier today when the acting manager discovered a white powder in an enveloppe. The Hazmat team proceeded to evacuated the nine employees from the building, who were then quarantined while the Hazmat Team tested the substance

Platoon Captain Eric Simpson says it appears the icing sugar was enclosed in a party invitation.The area was cleaned and the substance, along with the envelope were handed over to the RCMP for investigation.

Police have already contacted the sender of the envelope.

Simpson says it's standard practice to send out the Hazmat Team if there is any suspicion a white powder may be dangerous to the public.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at jwhittet@infotelnews.ca or call (250)718-0428.

3:15 p.m. June 17, 2013

KELOWNA - Firefighters are currently on the scene investigating a complaint of hazardous materials at the Canada Post Office located on the corner of Ellis and St. Paul streets in Kelowna.

A spokesperson at the post office says they received a suspicious package, but can't offer any other details at this time.

Two police cars are blocking traffic to the area. The public is being barred from entering the location but post office staff are still inside the building. There are two firetrucks, one police ambulance supervisor vehicle along with RCMP.

More to come.

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