Emergency services at work at the airport. Acting Assistant Commissioner Martin Weekes said "We are treating it as a suspicious package at this time".  *Photo by Kageaki Smith
Emergency services at work at the airport. Acting Assistant Commissioner Martin Weekes said "We are treating it as a suspicious package at this time".  *Photo by Kageaki Smith
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THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 10PM UPDATE: Bermuda Police Service press release:

Please be advised that following a call to the LFWIA Emergency services attended to a report of a suspicious envelope that had been delivered by regular mail. The envelope was forensically examined and no traces of any toxic or other substance was found in the envelope or the contents which originated overseas.

No injuries were caused to any staff at the airport however one staff member was taken to KEMH out of an abundance of caution. Two family members who escorted the staff member to the hospital were checked and released soon after.

There was no danger to the traveling public or other airport staff and airport operations were not disrupted. Incoming and outgoing flights were not affected.

An investigation has commenced into what appears to be a mischievous or possibly malicious disruptive act by persons unknown. Anyone with any knowledge is asked to contact Detective Sergeant B.T. Smith of the Eastern Criminal Investigation Unit.



7:15PM UPDATE: A section of LF Wade International Airport is cordoned off after a suspicious package was found this evening.

An airport worker raised concerns about the contents of an envelope just after 5pm today and opened it at the airport police station.

She was taken to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Martin Weekes told the media the airport has not been evacuated and flights are arriving and departing as normal.

"Just after 5pm today, the Department of Airport Operations here at the LF Wade Airport told police that there was an envelope they had concerns about.

"Emergency services responded and the envelope was taken to the police station.

"We are treating it as a suspicious package at this time until we decide
otherwise."

Mr Weekes said a government analyst will examine the package for the
police.

He would not confirm if it contained explosive material but did say the envelope was addressed to Bermuda Airport Operations.

Mr Weekes said the employee was taken to the hospital as a "routine procedure".

The area has been cordoned off for safety purposes.

Asked where the envelope came from, Mr Weekes said: "At this stage, we are not going to say where it came from."

He also wouldn't say how big the envelope was or how much of the substance it contained.

Police spokesman Dwayne Caines said the next update would be provided tomorrow morning.