Hazmat Units Determine Suspicious Package Was Non Hazardous In Jackson

April 21, 2021

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JACKSON, NJ (OCEAN)–On Tuesday April 20, 2021 a township resident responded to police headquarters with what was reported to be a suspicious package containing a white powder substance. 

After the resident made contact with the watch commander and produced the package and powder, which was contained in a plastic grocery bag, the bag was immediately relocated outside headquarters and notification was made to the Cassville Fire Department, Berkeley and Joint Base MDL Hazmat Units to respond.  The headquarters lobby was closed off as a precaution until the substance could be identified.  After the package was inspected and tested, the substance was determined to be baking soda and not hazardous.  The area was opened again at that time.

The investigation into the origin of the package and why it is was sent to the resident is ongoing at this time.  Any residents who receive or come into contact with any packages or substances which they consider to be suspicious are asked to leave the package in place and contact the department at 732-928-1111.  As a safety precaution, they should not attempt to handle or transport the package.