suspect package prompts madrid post office evacuation - transparent window film
Emergency services said a package containing "suspicious white matter" prompted the evacuation of the Madrid post office on Saturday and 23 people were undergoing purification as a safety precaution.
A spokesman for the Rescue Department in SAMUR city, Madrid, told AFP that investigators are still analyzing the content and the results may take a few days.
"An envelope contains a suspicious white substance that may have a biological or chemical risk," he said . ".
The incident took place at a post office in the Spanish capital sibelai Palace, where Madrid City Hall is also located.
A police source said the package is likely to be harmless, but stressed: "We have to wait (test)results.
A SAMUR spokesperson said: "A postal staff touched the envelope, but did not open the envelope after the substance was found through the transparent window film on the front.
"As a precaution, 23 people, 6 customers and staff in the post office have been purified," he added . ".
"They are in good health.
"About 50 emergency workers and firefighters and about 12 police officers were called to the scene.
The spokesman said they have all gone through standard purification procedures to prevent any harmful effects that unknown substances may have.