Baking soda causes scare at Chattanooga food bank
The Chattanooga Area Food Bank was evacuated Tuesday after three suspicious packages containing a white, powdery substance were received there.
The packages were addressed to board members, said president and CEO Gina Crumbliss.
“When I opened one of them, a white powder spilled out and I saw a box labeled ‘baking soda,’” she said in a news release. “We immediately implemented our internal safety and security protocol and called the Chattanooga Police Department to report the incident.”
The Chattanooga police and fire departments were there within minutes, conducting a full evacuation and investigation, according to the release. Chattanooga Fire Department hazmat unit members tested the contents of all three packages and confirmed the substance was 99.9 percent sodium bicarbonate, otherwise known as baking soda. The incident was contained to the food bank’s front offices and at no time were the clients, volunteers, staff, warehouse, food, or other inventory exposed or in danger, the release states.
A Chattanooga Fire Department hazmat team responds to a call about three suspicious packages at the Greater Chattanooga Area Food Bank on Tuesday. A white powder found within the packages tested positively as baking soda, according to Chattanooga Fire Capt. Wadie Suttles.