Two employees at Zondervan publishing company in Cascade Township, Michigan became ill after opening a suspicious package in the mailroom. Douglas Lockhart, Zondervan's president and CEO, said that a powdery material had leaked from the package. The two employees experienced upper respiratory problems, including coughing and difficulty breathing, according to WOOD TV8 reports.
Zondervan contacted the fire department at 11:49 a.m. One employee, Carolyn Weidmayer, was rushed to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, while the other sick worker was treated on-site.
The Kent County fire department and sheriff's department, as well as the Grand Rapids hazardous materials unit, rushed to the scene. Employees were sent across the street to the Krispy Kreme headquarters for possible treatment, reporter Patrick Center announced in a live WOOD TV8 broadcast.
Emergency workers removed the suspicious package from the scene for testing and analysis, said Vicki Cessna, a spokesperson for Zondervan.