MVC office evacuated after powder is found in envelope

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.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."