CHATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Authorities closed Park Row in the village of Chatham Monday morning at around 9:30 a.m. following the discovery of an unknown white powder inside a suspicious package at a law office on the first floor of the building.
Officials originally described the situation at 18 Park Row as suspicious and possibly hazardous. Employees were evacuated from the the law office, but have since been allowed to return. New York State Police say the powder has been deemed non-hazardous.
Park Row has now been reopened to traffic. The state police investigation remains underway as authorities look into whether any criminal activity was involved in the incident.
Several agencies worked with local police and Columbia County Emergency Services in deciding to close Park Row, including state and county hazmat teams, fire prevention, emergency management, rescue squads, and the Department of Health.