Suspicious Envelope Leads to Brief Evacuation of Civic Square
City and County vehicles on the scene of Thursday afternoon's brief evacuation of Civic Square
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (September 17, 2020) - New Brunswick’s Civic Square, which houses the New Brunswick Police Department and several City and Middlesex County offices, was briefly evacuated Thursday afternoon following the discovery of a suspicious envelope in 3rd floor Prosecutor’s Office mailroom.
The envelope in question was handled by a County worker who lost consciousness shortly after opening it. Just after 2 p.m. and as a precautionary measure, the entire building was safely evacuated and the HVAC system was turned off to eliminate the spread of any potential airborne agents.
The envelope appeared to be empty and since it was sent to the County Prosecutor’s Office through the U.S. Postal Service, the FBI is working to determine the exact contents, if any. That process is currently ongoing.
The Middlesex County Hazardous Materials Unit declared the building safe to enter at approximately 3:30 p.m. and workers were allowed to return to their offices. Kirkpatrick Street, which had been closed between Bayard and New Streets as a safety precaution, was also reopened to traffic.
The New Brunswick Police and Fire Departments as well as the New Brunswick Office of Emergency Management and the Middlesex County Hazardous Materials Unit all responded.
Anyone with additional information should contact the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3300, or the New Brunswick Police Department at 732-745-5200.