11 Jan 2019, Sydney Australia. The Samoan consulate in Liverpool, Sydney was evacuated this morning after a suspicious package was found.
The scare comes a day after a man in Victoria was charged with posting dozens of suspicious parcels containing asbestos to consulates and embassies across the country.
Emergency services were called to the consulate at around 10.00am and the 2 people who had handled the suspicious A4 envelope were decontaminated by specialist Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) teams as a precaution.
A Fire and Rescue spokesman said the package was unopene and is now being forensically examined.The Australian Federal Police (AFP) released a statement saying the circumstances surrounding the incident were being investigated.
“As this matter is subject to further inquiries it is not appropriate to provide further information that may impact on the investigation,” they said.
The consulate said in a statement that the matter is now with the Australian Federal Police.
“This morning the Samoa Consulate received a package in the mail that was suspicious. The authorities were alerted and the matter is now with the NSW police and AFP.”
The building re-opened and the Samoa Consulate resumed normal operations an hour later at about 11am.