A hazmat scare Thursday at an
immigration processing facility in St. Albans turned out to be some harmless
Police and fire crews were called to the
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Houghton Street after employees
found an envelope from Florida that raised some concerns. The processing
facility was not closed down, but hazmat crews were called in to handle the
"We were called to
the site at about 7:30 (Thursday) morning for a suspicious package that was
emitting a strange odor and there was some organic material in the package. As
a precaution, we've isolated the package and the area where it was handled here
in the facility," St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor said.
Investigators now believe
the organic material was decomposing ants that had somehow gotten into the
envelope. Officials do not believe there was any criminal intent.