AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) - A package that caused the evacuation of the Agawam Post Office Thursday morning, turns out to have been leaking a cleaning fluid.
Maureen Marion from the U.S. Postal Service told 22News that around 8:15 A.M., a clerk had put their hand into a container for the sorting of packages and mail, and noticed a substance had leaked from a piece of mail, and felt a tingling feeling on their hands.
Town and postal authorities were notified, and a hazardous materials team and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency was called in.
The worker was treated at an ambulance that was sent to the post office, but did not have to be taken to the hospital, according to Marion. Fire Chief Alan Sirois said that a second employee also received exposure, and did not have to be hospitalized.
As the investigation continued for hours, yellow caution tape was put up outside the building, and the building's approximately 80 employees were kept in the front parking lot, about 25 yards away.
After the fluid was determined to be from a cleaning product, employees of the post office were let back inside. There will be mail delivery for Agawam residents on Thursday, though it may be delayed.