Investigators looking for person responsible for Hubbard powder scare

Hazmat was called to a home on Trumbull Avenue Friday night when a resident found a white powder substance in her mailbox

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HUBBARD, Ohio (WYTV) – After a white powder scare in Hubbard Township Friday night, police are trying to find who is responsible for causing so much panic on a rural street.

Trumbull Avenue is back to normal Monday but this weekend, it was a different story.

Trumbull County Hazmat was called to a home around 9:30 p.m. when a resident found a white powder substance in her mailbox. It triggered a massive response from several departments and shut the street down.

The FBI took the powder from the scene to a testing facility in Columbus. Results came back negative Saturday afternoon, according to officials.

“There was no type of threat that we have received prior to this, so we don’t even know at this time if…that particular homeowner was targeted or if it was some type of prank,” Chief Todd Coonce said.

He says the powder was found in two mailboxes and investigators believe that since it was placed on top of the mail, whoever put it there did it sometime after it was delivered at around 3 p.m.

Hazmat said the woman got her mail, took it inside and then realized there was a suspicious white powder in one of the envelopes.

Twelve people, including Officers Christopher Gifford and William Droste, were decontaminated and taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The Hubbard Fire Department said none of those people were showing any symptoms of effects from the white substance.

The people were taken to four separate hospitals, some to St. Elizabeth’s and Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, and others to Trumbull Memorial and St. Joseph’s in Trumbull County.

“It’s very serious and we are going to follow up on it to try to determine…who indeed did this act,” Coonce said.