Washing powder sparks air base security scare

Washing powder sparks air base security scare. Washing powder has caused a scare at the Royal Australian Air Force base at Amberley, west of Brisbane.

Police and emergency services rushed to the site just before 1:00pm (AEST) on Thursday after reports a parcel containing white powder had been found.

Four people were decontaminated as a precaution.

Inspector David Preston says authorities tested the substance and it turned out to be washing powder that a family member had sent to a relative at the base.

"It is a good outcome. It's tested the security procedures on the base which had been activated and everything went to plan and all the notifications were made accordingly," he said.

"So the end result is what can be expected, which is great."

Inspector Preston says the people who were decontaminated discovered the powder in the mail room.

"I suppose through the mail they get a number of items; washing powder would be a bit unreasonable to expect to receive and that'd be the reason why it probably activated the breach of the security," he said.
"The protocols have been followed, no threat had been received, and we got the result we required that it was a substance of no concern."

Source: yahoo


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