White powder sent with suspicious letter to Painesville City Hall not hazardous

Posted at 2:34 PM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 17:19:07-04

The white powder that was found in a suspicious letter sent to the Painesville city manager's office on Thursday was not hazardous, officials say. 

According to the City of Painesville, City Manager Monica Frelan's administrative assistant opened the envelope Thursday at approximately 11:30 am. and reported the substance.

The city manager immediately summoned first responders, and out of an abundance of caution, sent all city hall employees home for the remainder of the day with pay. 

The administrative assistant was transported to TriPoint Medical Center to be examined as a precautionary measure. 

The TriPoint Medical Center emergency room was on lockdown for a brief time Thursday afternoon while the employee was treated.

The substance was found to be not hazardous.