MVC office evacuated after powder is found in envelopePosted: Updated:
A Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) office in Wayne was temporarily evacuated and shut down this morning after a mail scare.
Police say an employee opened a letter and found white powder inside, which ended up being baking soda. More than 100 people were ordered to leave the building, as Passaic County hazmat teams, FBI agents and U.S. Postal Service workers investigated the area.
Authorities reopened the building to employees and customers after nearly an hour and a half.
A spokesman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service says six similar letters have been sent to government offices throughout New Jersey over the past week.
The U.S. Postal Service inspectors believe all six letters sent this week were mailed by the same person. Although none contained hazardous materials, an investigation has been launched. The U.S. Postal Service says hoaxes such as this create panic, drain resources and won't be tolerated.