Tennessee authorities warn residents of envelopes being delivered with white substance

Dickson County officials are testing the white substance that was mailed to residents.
Published: Sep. 23, 2022 at 10:11 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2022 at 7:19 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, Tenn. (WSMV) – The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to not open suspicious envelopes being delivered to Tennessee residents.

The small, square envelopes look like they’re from Amazon and contain a gift card, but they do not. The envelopes contain a white powdery substance, which investigators are testing.

The substance in the envelopes may be harmless, authorities said, but residents are urged not to open the envelopes or touch the substance.

“We’d rather be safe than sorry,” the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

“It’s a little scary to a certain degree,” White Bluff resident Valerie Lorusso said. “Especially in this day and age you can never be too safe.”

“Pretty scary that it’s so close to where I live,” Raphael Senese, who also lives in White Bluff said. “Next time we’ll be more vigilant about when we check our mail.”

The White Bluff couple who found one of the suspicious packages said they were suspicious of the envelope because they hadn’t ordered anything or entered any drawings for a gift card. They used gloves to open it, discovered the white powder, and called sheriff’s deputies.

“That’s pretty brave of them to think ahead like that. I know I wouldn’t even suspect anything but I’m glad they were able to figure that out ahead of time so now we’re warned,” Senese said.

If you receive one of these envelopes, contact authorities immediately.