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Suspicious package prompts hazmat scare in St. Albans

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Chief Gary Taylor Chief Gary Taylor
ST. ALBANS, Vt. -

A hazmat scare Thursday at an immigration processing facility in St. Albans turned out to be some harmless dead bugs.

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 package.

"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.

In May, the building was evacuated after fears that a package contained a bomb. But it turned out to be just an electronic greeting card.

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