Hazardous material teams ruled safe a suspicious letter that prompted the evacuation of Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on Thursday.
The letter, which contained a white powder, was mailed to the downtown headquarters and found in the facility’s mail room around 8 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said via Twitter.
At LAPD headquarters where the building has been evacuated reportedly due to suspicious package pic.twitter.com/JYgSwhng26
— Kimberly Cheng (@KimberlyChengTV) January 11, 2019
Most of those removed from the building were civilian staff members, officials said.
About two hours after the incident began, hazmat crews deemed the substance safe and allowed employees back into the building.
Surrounding streets would also reopen, LAPD said.
No further details were available.
UPDATE: A suspicious envelope containing a powdery substance at LAPD Headquarters in Downtown LA has been cleared and determined to be safe by our HazMat Unit. The area will be re-opening soon to normal operations.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) January 11, 2019