A package delivered to a person in Burbank containing white powder alarmed the resident on the 300 block of E. Providencia into calling Burbank Fire to investigate.
A full HazMat response was requested after the first Engine arrived on the scene. Additionally, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles Sheriff’s HazMat, and the FBI were requested to come to the scene. Burbank Police closed the street to traffic during the investigation that took just under three hours.
The package, that was not expected by the person receiving it, contained a “hoodie” along with language that references the pandemic printed on it with a trace amount of an unknown white powder according to Burbank Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Hatch.
Officials examined the powder at the scene and determined that the white powder was benign and the person who opened the package was evaluated by paramedics and did not show any signs or symptoms of distress and no medical treatment given.
The Burbank City Council met virtually on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 and opened the meeting in adjournment of retired Burbank Fire Captain, Guy Thompson, who served the Burbank Fire Department for 33 years. Mayor Bob Frutos proceeded with some announcements to the public including an online community workshop for the Burbank Housing Element hosted by the Community Development Department on February 27th from 11:00am-12:30pm.