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All clear after suspicious package opened in Krome detention center mailroom

Tour inside Krome Detention Center. Recreation Area in front of Building 8, September 24, 2015
Tour inside Krome Detention Center. Recreation Area in front of Building 8, September 24, 2015 jiglesias@elnuevoherald.com

Several employees in the mailroom at the Krome detention center were examined for “respiratory issues” after opening a package with a “suspicious substance” inside, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said. The center was given the “all clear” less than an hour later.

The mailroom was quarantined for about an hour, said Erika Benitez, spokeswoman for MDFR, and some employees were examined. No one was hospitalized or injured.

“They’re experiencing respiratory issues consistent with any suspicious substance,” Benitez said.

Rescue workers were called to 18201 SW 12th Street just after 10 a.m. Tuesday after an employee opened an envelope containing “an unknown powdery substance,” said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Nestor Yglesias. Detainees were relocated to another building in “an abundance of caution,” Yglasias said, but MDFR gave the all clear at 10:55 a.m.

“Fire Rescue told us it was nothing to be concerned about,” Yglesias said.

Alex Harris: 305-376-5005, @harrisalexc

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