Authorities Swarmed Old Saybrook Building Where Suspicious Substance Was Found

Two buildings on Main Street in Old Saybrook were evacuated after a suspicious substance was discovered Friday morning, according to a tenant.

Local police, state troopers and federal agents began descending on the 200 block of Main Street shortly before 10 a.m. The FBI took over the investigation and was trying to determine whether it is connected to numerous incidents of white powder being found at offices in Hartford and New Haven this week.

A business that rents space in the same building as Planned Parenthood at 263 Main St. received a package that looked out of place, according to Kafi Rouse, Planned Parenthood’s vice president of public relations and marketing. Planned Parenthood was not targeted, she said in a telephone interview from her New Haven office.

“Emergency services evacuated everyone,” Rouse said. “Because our patients are our priority, we closed our health office.”

She later said she learned that the substance was in a flat envelope.

Six police cars were outside the building and people were being escorted out of the building, said Fred McNulty, a witness, said at 10 a.m.

Workers were able to return to the buildings about 11:30 a.m., Rouse said, but Planned Parenthood had already canceled its appointments for the say.

Calls to local police officials and the FBI were not returned.

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