Suspicious Substance Turns Out to be Corn Meal

Fire, police and public health were called to the scene after a report of a suspicious white powder along the Putnamville Reservoir.

Danvers public safety officials responded to the banks of the near 322 Locust St., at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning after two calls about white powder being discovered along the banks.

Police and found the powder at numerous locations along the banks, according to .

They called Health Director Peter Mirandi, who responded to the scene, as well as representatives of the Beverly Water Board. Meanwhile, Fire Chief Kevin Farrell requested the Massachusetts District 6 Hazardous Material Team to analyze the substance, said police.

The team processed the scene and determined that the suspicious material was not a hazard, but was, in fact, corn meal. Public safety cleared the scene at about 2:45 p.m.


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