Suspicious material found at Boardman BP

BP white powder


BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Hazardous material crews determined that a white substance found at a Boardman gas station was corrosion from coins that were rolled up.

The Boardman fire department was called to the BP gas station at Route 224 and South Avenue Saturday after a suspicious material was discovered there.

The powder was discovered by an employee after opening a roll of coins.

Mahoning County Hazmat Chief Ted Everett said the employee initially tried to clean it up.

“He realized there might be something to it, so he called the fire department and we went through the protocol for when we have an unknown substance,” Everett said.

As a precaution the BP employee was taken to Saint Elizabeth Health Center to be evaluated.

“We always err on the side of caution. We have to take these instances seriously and make sure that everybody is safe at the end of the day,” said Rob John, Boardman Fire Department.

Emergency officials said reporting a suspicious substance is always the right thing to do.

This is the second time in a week that crews were called to handle an unidentified white substance. An envelope containing a white powder was delivered Wednesday to ABC Supply Co. in Boardman. All employees were evacuated and two were examined at a local hospital.

The FBI is still analyzing the powder in that case.

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