Scare shuts Penn Valley Post Office |

Scare shuts Penn Valley Post Office

Shredded paper that fell out of an envelope caused authorities to shut down the Penn Valley Post Office for less than an hour Friday.

A couple that retrieved their mail was driving home after getting their mail when they opened the envelope, the paper fell out, and they feared it was some kind of powder, Nevada County Undersheriff John Trauner said.

The couple returned to the post office, the Sheriff’s Office was notified about 2:35 p.m., and the couple was quarantined until officers identified the substance.

Post-Sept. 11 events have caused a series of mail-related scares. The Penn Valley and Rough and Ready post offices had shutdowns in November, and the North San Juan Post Office was shut down in March.

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