Four people were briefly hospitalized after suspicious powder was mailed to a Lebanon government building.
Lebanon police received a call about 11:30 a.m. Monday reporting that an employee at the Warren County Health & Human Services building at 416 S. East St., opened an envelope containing powder and felt her hands begin to burn, said Lebanon Fire Chief Michael Hannigan.
Two other employees assisted the worker in washing the substance off. All three were transported to Bethesda Arrow Springs in Lebanon for examination. A fourth employee later arrived to be examined.
All four were treated and were released by 3:30 p.m., said Joe Kelley, the hospital’s spokesperson.
The building was evacuated and closed for the day, and all workers sent home, according to an officer at the scene. The building will reopen Tuesday morning.
Hazmat units removed the powder and sent it to a local crime lab for analysis. The incident remains under investigation and police have identified a suspect, said Lebanon Det. Sgt. Mark Allen.
The building houses a number of health and human services organizations, including the County Department of Jobs and Family Services, Warren County Health Department and Warren County Children’s Services.