NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – A strange odor emanating from a package found on the 28th floor of a New Orleans law firm Tuesday caused two people to be quarantined and closed offices for about two hours.
According to police the people who received the package around 10:19 a.m. at Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C. noticed the odor and had reservations about the return address on the envelope.
The New Orleans Fire Department Hazardous Materials Unit was called in.
After about two hours haz-mat crews determined the material inside the package was non-hazardous. New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent, Timothy McConnell, said in a release it resembled tobacco.
The material was bagged and will be processed further.
Two people who first came in contact with the package were placed in quarantine. Once the substance was deemed non-hazardous, both returned to work.
The New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services and the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness all assisted in the mitigation of the incident.