White Powder Found In Mail

by Clay Neely - clay@newnan.com

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Photo by Jeffrey Leo

Coweta County Fire Department responders outfitted in safety suits at the scene of the law offices of Morris, Hardwick, Schneider on Hwy. 34 E. Monday.


Seven employees at the Law Offices of Morris, Hardwick, Schneider, located on Ga. Hwy. 34 E., underwent decontamination by hazardous materials responders from Coweta County Fire Department around lunchtime Monday after one employee opened a piece of mail containing a white powder-like substance, according to authorities at the scene.


Firefighters begin taking off their hazmat suits and breaking down the tent where the employees underwent decontamination. In the black bags are the patients clothes. (Photo by Jeffrey Leo)


All seven underwent decontamination, and the employee who initially opened the letter was transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital for further evaluation. The employee of the law office opened a letter which contained a suspicious powder, and two other employees were called in and the law office then called 911, according to Lt. John Kennedy, an investigator with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Those involved underwent decontamination, he said.

Officials do not know what the substance is, and it was being sent to a federal Center for Disease Control lab in Atlanta, Kennedy said about 2:30 p.m. Monday.



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