Senior Maryborough firefighter Graham Wex helps Brisbane-based Queensland Fire and Rescue scientific inspector Ray Bott suit up before going in the sorting area of the Australia Post delivery centre, where suspicious powder was found.
Senior Maryborough firefighter Graham Wex helps Brisbane-based Queensland Fire and Rescue scientific inspector Ray Bott suit up before going in the sorting area of the Australia Post delivery centre, where suspicious powder was found. Max Fleet

Powder scare in mail

AUSTRALIA Post's Enterprise Street depot was isolated yesterday after staff noticed a powder substance on an overseas parcel.

Affected areas were cordoned off and depot staff were decontaminated before ambulance officers gave the all-clear.

Tests were taken and Brisbane's Scientific Unit confirmed the fine powder was a mild pesticide, which presented no danger.

Bundaberg Queensland Fire and Rescue station officer Vicki Shailer said she did not think the substance had been sent to cause fear.

“It was not on the inside of the package, only the outside,” she said.

This is the second suspicious powder scare this month, with a package containing baking powder causing a shutdown of a Rosedale Road business and the Bundaberg Police Station.

Australia Post reported only minimal impact to customers and mail delivery.



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