HAZMAT called to Vanguard mailroom

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Hazmat called to Vanguard mail room


TREDYFFRIN — Chester County hazmat team and Berwyn Fire Company were alerted to a possible hazardous materials incident at the Vanguard mailroom at 400 W. Valley Road Friday morning.

Carolyn Wegemann, spokesperson for Vanguard said workers received the package Friday morning with the unknown substance and notified public safety officials to investigate.

There were no reported of illness or injury at the incident which was reported at 11:11 a.m. and kept firefighters on location until 2 p.m.

The substances which was described as a black powder was found not to be hazardous.

Employees who came into contact were isolated and monitored while County hazmat teams entered the building to test the substance.

Crews were on location for over three hours on the operation. The  incident kept crews busy until 2 p.m. when the all clear was given.

Berwyn Fire Chief Eamon Bazunas credited Vanguard’s staff for following the proper protocol when dealing with an unknown chemical.

“While it may seem excessive it’s important to follow procedures,” Brazunas said. “When you have something like this it’s a slow methodical process, but it’s important not to let your guard down.”

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