A package blew up in a small-town post office in West Virginia Friday morning, spewing white powder throughout the immediate area. Fifteen United States Postal Service employees have been quarantined pending an investigation.
According to a report from the Associated Press, the post office is located in a small shopping center in Ranson, West Virginia. Everyone in the area is being told to stay inside until the powder can be identified.
The fifteen employees who were in the immediate area when the package exploded, and were exposed to the unidentified powder, are being quarantined in a school bus outside of the post office. None of them appear to be suffering from illness or other issues as a result of the contamination.
Ronald Fletcher, a local firefighter, has been deemed the incident spokesman. He had the following to say about the incident.
“We’re asking everyone in the area just to stay inside as a precaution until the powder is identified.”
Employees explained to local authorities that they heard what they’re describing as a ‘pop’ and then there was a ‘shower of white powder.’ The incident took place at about 7:45 AM on Friday.
State Police have yet to comment on the white powder explosion incident. The Special Operations division has a bomb technician on site. An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is there as well.
More information will undoubtedly be released about this white powder incident in West Virginia as it becomes available. In the meantime the fifteen employees remain quarantined and the small community of Ranson, West Virginia is most definitely on edge.