Suspicious powder briefly puts school on lockdown

A Brooklyn school went on lockdown Thursday night after police received a call that a parent reportedly opened an envelope containing a suspicious powder. Police

Police say they arrived at the school as a precaution.

Police say they arrived at the school as a precaution. (11/6/15)

BROOKLYN - A Brooklyn school went on lockdown Thursday night after police received a call that a parent reportedly opened an envelope containing a suspicious powder.

Police say they arrived at M.S. 839, located at 713 Caton Ave., as a precaution. No one was visibly ill.

According to a New York Post report, a father who is a city housing court judge brought his personal mail to the school's open house and found the powder while opening a letter.

Witnesses say police locked down nearby streets and were not allowing people out of the building as late as 9 p.m.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Dozens of people were arrested across the borough 1 Dozens arrested in 'Operation Hardball' drug takedown
The convenience of getting eye exams at home 2 12 on Health: Mobile and online eye exams
The New York Cosmos announced Tuesday that they 3 Cosmos set to make move to Brooklyn
Every month, the borough recognizes the extraordinary service 4 Detective, firefighters honored as 'Heroes of the Month'
Police recovered thousands of dollars in untaxed cigarettes 5 Police recover $13,000 worth of untaxed cigarettes

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE