UPDATE: Beloit Police Consider Envelope Scare Case Closed

By: WSAW Staff/ Associated Press Email
By: WSAW Staff/ Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 4/18 at 2:45 p.m.

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- The Beloit police department has ended its investigation into an envelope dropped off at a health clinic that prompted dozens to be quarantined and sent 15 people to the hospital as a precaution.

Fire Chief Brad Liggett says no substance was found when officials tested the envelope, bill, check and the work area.

Police Capt. Vince Sciame says the man who dropped off his bill and payment Wednesday morning at the Beloit Area Community Health Center was forthcoming and says he didn't put anything in the envelope. Employees called 911 after three people who touched the envelope had burning in their eyes and nose.

Sciame says the investigation is considered closed pending more crime lab tests. He says it's possible they will never know what caused the symptoms.

UPDATE: 4/17 at 2:50 p.m.

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- An official in Beloit says about 65 people have been quarantined after a suspicious envelope was delivered to a health clinic and at least 11 will be taken to a hospital.

Beth Jacobson is the assistant to the city manager of Beloit. She says a man hand-delivered an envelope containing powder to the Beloit Area Community Health Center on Wednesday morning. Employees called 911 after three people who handled the envelope experienced burning and discomfort in their eyes and noses.

Jacobson says a hazardous material team quarantined 60 to 65 patients and employees. Eleven people are being decontaminated on scene and will be transported to a hospital.

Jacobson says the state's 54th Civil Support Team will test the substance.

Authorities are trying to identify the man who delivered the envelope.

ORIGINAL STORY: 4/17 at 12:37 p.m.

Three people have been transported to a Beloit hospital after they experienced a burning sensation in their eyes after after handling an envelope.

According to WMTV-TV, at 10:30 Wednesday morning, Police and Fire crews responded to Beloit Community Health with HAZMAT equipment to treat the affected people.

Those experiencing side-effects were decontaminated on site and transported to the hospital for evaluation.

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