Powder in Monroe prison mail room judged not hazardous

MONROE — Hazardous materials crews from around Snohomish County were summoned Monday morning to the Monroe Correctional Complex after a worker reported contact with an unknown powder in the outgoing mail.

The mail room at the Twin Rivers Unit was emptied and sealed off while officials investigated, said Selena Davis, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections.

Firefighters retrieved a sample of the powder and tested it on site.

The initial testing revealed that the powder likely came from a fire extinguisher. It wasn’t clear Monday how the mail was contaminated.

Firefighters contacted the state Department of Ecology to dispose of the substance.

No injuries were reported.

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