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Suspicious powder found in Christmas card

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

December 31, 2008

DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Hazardous materials crews rushed to a Dougherty County home, and first responders shut down a road after a suspicious powder was found.

Around 2:30 Wednesday Dougherty County Police and the Albany Fire Department's Hazmat Team responded to the 100 hundred block of Honeysuckle Drive.

A woman there opened a Christmas card that contained white powder and a note that said she'd put herself in danger.

Honeysuckle Drive was blocked for more than hour as a precaution as the hazmat team investigated.

"We followed the prescribed protocol and the Fire Department Hazmat Team responded," said Capt. Jimmy Sexton, Dougherty County Police.

The Hazmat team secured the powder and will send it to the state health lab for tests.

Officials say the woman who opened the card is okay and has no symptoms.