White powder found in envelope received at Erie County BOE Office determined to be non-hazardous

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)–UPDATE: County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the white powder found in an envelope received at the Erie County Board of Elections Office has been determined to be non-hazardous.

He also says employees are being allowed back in the building.

ORIGINAL: Buffalo Police and Fire say they’re on scene of an incident where a suspicious substance was found inside of an envelope at the Erie County Board of Elections Office.

Officials tell News 4 one employee is being monitored for exposure to the substance.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says white powder was inside the envelope.

West Eagle Street is closed between Delaware Ave. and S. Elmwood Ave.

The County Executive says employees have left the building, and there is no report yet on whether the powder was dangerous.

Poloncarz says he’s been advised a FBI Hazardous Material Response Team is on scene and will be testing the material with Buffalo Fire Hazmat

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