Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – The suspicious letter incident at WNPX-TV is now clear. A preliminary test, conducted by hazmat teams, revealed negative for any hazardous substance.
Investigators continue to investigate why the suspicious letter was sent to the WNPX-TV station, located at 1281 N. Mt. Juliet Road. Shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 3 , an adult female employee called police after she opened a letter with a suspicious message and began to feel her hands tingle. There was also a noticeable chemical odor associated with the letter. The letter contained a suspicious and bizarre message, but there was no direct threat to anyone or any entity.
WNPX-TV is a part of ION Television broadcast network, which airs Criminal Minds and similar type shows. The adult female, who opened the letter, was the only person inside the business at the time of the incident. As a precautionary measure, the female and two officers had to undergo a decontamination process. No one required medical treatment.
During the incident, three neighboring businesses were evacuated until the scene was cleared.
Wilson County Emergency Management Agency’s Hazmat team, with the assistance of Lebanon Public Safety, were called to the scene. They worked rapidly and diligently to safely package the letter and its contents.