Unidentified white powder found in courthouses in Germany

  • 11 January 19:51
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At least four courthouses around Germany said on Wednesday they had received envelopes containing a suspicious powder. It was not immediately clear if the substance was dangerous.

Employees at the courthouses in the cities of Coburg (Bavaria), Gera (Thuringia), Chemnitz (Saxony) and Ludwigslust (Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania) said they had received the envelopes in the post. The Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), the country's federal police agency, said it still didn't have any information regarding the separate cases, the Rheinische Post newspaper reported.

According to Saxony police, who posted a link to a press report on Twitter, the city's courthouse reported discovering the powder at around 9:45 a.m. local time (0845 UTC). The police said that no one was hurt and the envelope had been moved to a secure location where it was being examined.

In Gera, in eastern Germany, two employees who came into direct contact with the powder were taken to the hospital, though police say they were likely unharmed. Firemen wearing protective suits were seen carrying the substance out of one of the buildings, which was temporarily closed to the public.

Searches were also conducted in Ludwigslust and Coburg, where employees who came into contact with the substance also underwent medical examinations. Police said they were also likely unhurt.

blc/ksb (AFP, dpa)