Canadian embassy in Washington cleared briefly for suspicious letter

Staff members at the Canadian Embassy stand outside the main entrance after it was evacuated when a suspicious letter was discovered in the embassy mailroom in Washington, October 26, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

WASHINGTON: The Canadian embassy in Washington was evacuated briefly on Friday because of a suspicious letter, forcing out employees for more than an hour, officials said.

U.S. Secret Service and local emergency responders investigated the incident but found nothing dangerous.

"It was found to be non-hazardous," Secret Service spokesman Max Milien said of the letter.

Embassy spokesman Chris Plunkett said the embassy's 325 employees were evacuated at around 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT) after a suspicious letter was found in the mail room.

Workers spilled onto Pennsylvania Avenue, a major artery that leads to the White House just 1.5 miles (2.4 km) away, which was partially blocked off before the all-clear was given.

Plunkett said embassy staff were allowed back in at around 10:35 a.m. (1435 GMT).

Officials gave no other details about the contents of the letter or who sent it.





Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (

comments powered by Disqus



Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here