Suspicious Envelope Reported at Government Building
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PALM SPRINGS - A government building in Palm Springs reported a suspicious piece of mail causing a ripple effect throughout the neighborhood and surrounding businesses. In this complex, there are a range of businesses. There's a doctor’s office, an insurance company; also there is an IRS office as well as a social security office. With the IRS being in the news so much lately it seemed the real question on people's minds was, where did the call of a suspicious envelope come from? "What is it? Someone is mad at the IRS or someone is mad at the social security office. I don’t know,” says Carol Wilson. She works in the same complex at the insurance company. "Everyone was saying it was probably the IRS and it was sent through the mail,” says Karen Curreri who also works at the same insurance company.
About 1:00 pm Thursday afternoon, the Palm Spring Police Department and the Palm Springs Fire Department responded to the Desert Springs Professional Office Park to a complaint of a suspicious envelope from a government building, though police won't confirm which government building made the call. “Things just kind of picked up and more people showed up as it progressed,” says Wilson.
When police arrived they put the suspicious envelope in a red box to contain it. Wilson says she was on her way into work and says she stepped right over it. "Right behind my car. As I was getting out of my car, it was just sitting there right next to the police car,” says Wilson. After five hours of investigating, bringing in a hazmat team and having employees move their cars out of the lot, Palm Springs PD and Fire say the envelope was not a threat. "It had enough marking on it to deem it suspicious. There was no specific threat ever in terms of any person or entity; just the letter itself had some physical characteristics that needed to be further investigated,” says Palm Springs Fire Department Battalion Chief David Rees.
Onlookers are thankful nothing extreme happened. "It got real nerve wrecking when we saw the hazmats come in and there was the EMT's and the fire department and it looked like it was going to be a big deal,” says Curreri. "Makes you wonder, should I be standing so close to the window watching everything or should I go to the other side of the building,” says Christine Foster. They all agree, in situations like this, it's better to be safe than sorry. "It’s scary to think that something like that can be so close. You can't be too careful,” says Foster. KMIR6 also asked police to define what those markings were on the envelope or what physical characteristics needed further investigating. They declined to comment.