NEW INFO: Powdery Substance On Package, Authorities Investigating

A Pink Hill woman opens a mailed package with a powdery substance and ends up in the hospital leaving authorities questioning, what

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A Pink Hill woman opens a mailed package with a powdery substance and ends up in the hospital leaving authorities questioning, what's in the powder?

Authorities tell WITN News that Betty Nevis was taken to the hospital Tuesday complaining of headaches and nausea. She's now in good condition.

Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail says the package came from a music store from the northern part of the country, one that the woman was expecting. Authorities say it was a pale red powdery substance that spilled from the package.

The woman became sick as she was using bleach to clean up the spill.

The substance has been tested, and those results say it was non-life threatening. Authorities are still trying to identify the substance.

Murphy Road in Pink Hill was shut down for several hours Tuesday afternoon and night while authorities tried to determine what had happened.


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  • by somebody Location: enc on Dec 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    dont jump to conclusions. could it be that she had a reaction to the bleach? the powder could have been something entirely harmless until she tried to clean it up. we all have chemical in our home that seperatly they are safe; however mixed with another become hazardous.Why would anyone choose rual ENC for a terorrist test/attack. terorrist wouldnt get the results or notarity they are after.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Dec 30, 2009 at 07:21 AM
    Could be chilli powder again...
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 30, 2009 at 05:57 AM
    I hope this woman recovers and doesn't die from being in contact with this substance. It could be a test being performed to see what the substance could do. Some twisted individual sent this to see results I suppose. Hope it wasn't family related and God forbid that it's not anthrax again.
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