Police: Olney situation under control; no hazmat

OLNEY - December 19, 2010

Police are now saying this was a domestic disturbance.

The incident was called in around 8:30 Sunday morning at the intersection of Chew Avenue and Broad Street.

According to police on the scene, a police lieutenant traveling northbound on Broad Street was flagged down by a woman at the intersection of Broad and Chew Avenue.

The officer pulled over and that's when the woman showed the lieutenant a toiletry kit, containing little tubes of brown powder that she claims she found in her husband's closet.

The officer examined the tubes and saw that one had a brown powder on one side and a liquid on the other side. Suspecting that it may be an explosive, the officer called for a hazmat response.

The bomb squad was able to determine that the substance was not an explosive. However, they do not know what the substance is at this time. They will be doing test to determine the nature of the substance.

The woman's husband, who resides on the 6600 block of Crescentville Road, was taken in for questioning. Homeland Security is also involved because police say the male is from Africa.

The woman claimed she tried to contact police via 9-1-1 but could not get an officer to respond, which is why she took the kit with her in her car to track down a patrol officer.

Police shutdown numerous streets in the area in addition to all underground subways in the area while the investigation was underway. Spokesperson for SEPTA says that all subways are back in service.

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