UPDATE: White substance found in Aiken mailboxes identified

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

11 p.m. update:

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- What was a normal routine for Lashaun Hamilton on Monday now comes with hesitation.

"I can't even come out to my mailbox now and have the thought in my head that I either want to open it slow, where usually you rip it," Hamilton said.

Her quiet neighborhood on Washington Circle got a wake-up call when neighbors found a white substance in their mailboxes.

"You'll have a smidgen of hesitation, where before, you just opened your mail," she said.

Other neighbors felt the same way.

"I'd be scared to death, really would be," Marcellous Ryans said.

That fear also found its way to his house. He's lived on this circle more than 40 years.

"Everybody knows everybody, no problems, no violence, no nothing," Ryans said.

Now, he's thinking twice about reaching for his mail.

"Grab it and be sick and be dead," he said.

Something he never expected to see here.

"It's unusual for this side of town, never seen anything like that, and you watch and see the terrorism on TV," he said.

"When something happens so close, then it just puts you on guard," Hamilton said.

On guard against the kind of trouble that can come to you where you least expect it.

"You have to take some type of precaution regardless because anything can happen anywhere, at any time," Hamilton said.

9 p.m. update:

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- Officials have identified the white substance found in mailboxes in Aiken.

The substance has been identified as dry fire extinguisher powder after being found in mailboxes along Washington Circle, which is just off Hampton Ave NW.

They say the powder poses no threat or harm to anyone in the area.

As a precaution, EMS, the FBI and Postal Service officials were all called to the scene.

Initial report:

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- Officials are on the scene in Aiken County where white powder has been found in three or four mailboxes.

The mailboxes are along Washington Circle, which is just off Hampton Ave NW.

The powder was found around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

As a precaution, EMS, the FBI and Postal Service officials were all called to the scene.

Officials from the Aiken County Sheriff's Office say they're making sure everyone in that neighborhood is safe.

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