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Watsonville Police Department evacuated; suspicious substance deemed harmless

Modified: Wednesday, Jun 18th, 2014

Todd Guild/Register-Pajaronian Members of the Santa Cruz County Hazardous Materials Team prepares to enter Watsonville Police Department to investigate an envelope containing a suspicious substance Wedneday morning.

WATSONVILLE — The Watsonville Police Department was evacuated Wednesday as members of the Santa Cruz County Hazardous Materials Team investigated an envelope containing a suspicious white powder that was brought there by an officer.

The substance was later found to be harmless.

According to Watsonville Deputy Chief Terry Traub, the envelope was mailed to another undisclosed location within the city, and brought to WPD by the investigating officer.

The call came into Watsonville Fire Department approximately 9:40 a.m.

Traub said the emergency procedures were part of county protocol.

“It’s just precautionary at this time,” he said. “We have no idea what it is.”

The Santa Cruz County Hazardous Materials Team is composed of members from several different agencies, who are required to go through 160 hours of training.


As of 12:10 p.m., a member of the team had collected a sample of the substance and was preparing to test it.

As of 12:15, officials said the substance was not hazardous.

This story will be updated.

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