Firefighters respond to a hazardous substance call, about
white powder leaking from a package, at the New Zealand
Post Dunedin delivery branch in Portsmouth Dr yesterday.
Photo by Craig Baxter.
Baking soda leaking from a parcel sparked an emergency
response in Dunedin yesterday.
St Kilda and central Dunedin firefighters were called to the
New Zealand Post Dunedin delivery branch, in Portsmouth Dr,
about 9am, to reports of a white powder leaking from a posted
A Fire Service spokesman said investigations revealed the
package contained baking soda, which had been sent from a
supplier ''with good intent''.
Somehow the baking soda had leaked from the parcel, so staff
at the courier depot followed procedures and alerted
''It was just precautionary. The supplier was contacted and
confirmed it was baking soda, and that was the end of it,''
the spokesman said.
Police were also alerted but were not required to attend.