US embassy in Sweden evacuated after toxic powder
STOCKHOLM – The US embassy in Stockholm was evacuated for several hours on Wednesday after "toxic and corrosive" white powder was found in an envelope, the embassy and police said.
Stockholm police duty officer Fredrik Nylen would not reveal what the powder was because of an ongoing investigation, but said it was "highly toxic and corrosive."
Embassy staff discovered the powder in an envelope early Wednesday and alerted the police.
"No one suffered any injuries," Nylen said.
Staff and members of the public were evacuated after the discovery, but were allowed to return inside the building after several hours.
Embassy spokesman Jeff Anderson told AFP a "preliminary investigation" had been opened.
Police said earlier it had no information about any threats issued against the US mission.
The US embassy in Stockholm has some 170 employees. AFP