An envelope containing a white powder substance was enough to close the Lismore Police Station for a short while yesterday afternoon.
Inspector Bill McKenna says the envelope was brought to the station by a person who have received it in the mail.
He says while early investigations indicated the substance was harmless the station had to be decontaminated.
Inspector McKenna says in such circumstances it’s better to leave the package where it’s found and call the police to that location.
“A member of the public received a letter and within that letter was a small amount of white powder and initially they didn’t think anything of it but then they thought they would attend the police station and hand it over,” Insp McKenna said.
“As a result of this, NSW Fire Brigade Hazmat Unit attended and the station was closed for a very short period of time while the scene was decontaminated,” he said.
“I suppose if there is one message that I’d like to give to members of the public is if they do receive any parcels that they consider suspicious that they leave them in situ and then contact police and have us come to their location,” Insp McKenna said.