Downtown bank evacuated after reports of suspicious package

SAN DIEGO -- Employees evacuated a downtown Chase bank after they discovered a suspicious package Thursday evening, prompting closed roads and a massive police response.

Officers say the item was an envelope, with powder and wires inside, mailed to the bank and opened by two employees at the 101 West Broadway branch.

They immediately called police, and officials blocked off streets in a two-block radius around the bank as members of the bomb squad and bomb sniffing dogs worked the scene. The first floor of a nearby building was also evacuated during the investigation.

Around 6 p.m., police hit the envelope with a concentrated blast of water. At that point, they determined the package was not an explosion threat and Hazmat teams moved in to analyze the powder.

“We ran through three rounds of tests. Everything was negative. So we found no hazardous materials with the powdery substances that was in this package,” Dan Eddy, a Battalion Chief with San Diego Fire-Rescue, said.

Late Thursday night, fire officials told FOX 5 the powder inside the package was actually residue from the insulation inside the envelope.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

Police and federal agents are working to determine who sent the package and why.

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