The State Police Hazmat team was called in to Hingham Friday after an unidentified powder was found in the woods.
Hingham Deputy Fire Chief Robert Olsson says a man spotted a pile of white crystalline material on the ground while walking through Bare Cove Park.
The man called 911 and the fire department responded and was unable to determine what the material was. The Environmental Protection Agency was alerted and the State Hazmat Team was called in and tested the substance and found it was not hazardous.
Olsson says that while the substance was harmless this time, it is imperative that residents continue to keep their eyes open and report anything unusual
“It’s good example of how public safety can be enhanced by people who are observant of things that don’t belong,” said Olsson.
“It could have been a hazardous material that was illegally dumped there, and could have gone unnoticed for a period of time, thereby causing further contamination.”
Olsson says the material was disposed of and the investigation into the substance is closed.