‘White powder’ hazmat threat prompts lockdown at Indonesian embassy in Australia
ACT Policing is responding to reports of a suspicious package located at the Indonesian Embassy in #Yarralumla. HAZMAT in attendance.
— ACT Policing (@ACTPolicing) May 4, 2015
An embassy spokesman told AAP they received the package on Monday morning around 10:50am local time and immediately called the authorities.
Letter containing suspicious substance sends Indonesian Embassy into lockdown. Staff exposure limited. pic.twitter.com/F6i6E2rySr
— Jodi Lee (@jodilee_7) May 4, 2015
A hazmat truck, four fire tankers, and several police cars responded right away and have cordoned off the surrounding area. As police proceeded with the investigation, the building was on lockdown, with staff prevented from being allowed to move around the building freely.
Hazmat officers enter the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra pic.twitter.com/p9k793j2c6
— andrew meares (@mearesy) May 4, 2015
As part of the investigation the package has been transported to Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Health for analysis. “The suspicious package has been contained and will now be taken to ACT Pathology at Canberra Hospital for analysis. Roads are now open,” police said in a statement.
The embassy has reopened after being on temporary lockdown after authorities removed the package.
— Johanna Nicholson (@johanna_nic) May 4, 2015