The police department and fire district followed "established protocols" for dealing with "potentially hazardous materials," according to a news bulletin from the city of Menlo Park, including evacuating the police department and City Hall. Affected employees were directed to other facilities during the closure.
The suspicious substance was found to be inert and City Hall reopened around 8:40 a.m., according to the bulletin. As City Hall and the police department are generally open to the public starting at 7:30 a.m., the closure lasted, at most, a little more than an hour, said Clay Curtin, assistant to the city manager. The suspicious substance, he said, was found to be "not hazardous at all."
The incident is under ongoing criminal investigation, said Police Commander William Dixon.
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