Suspicious white powder turned out to be harmless

Updated: March 14, 2006, 10:39 AM ET
Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- A letter containing suspicious white powder triggered a quarantine for several hours at GM Place, home of the Vancouver Canucks. The substance was later determined to be not harmful.

Police say the contents of the package leaked onto a desk when opened by Orca Bay staff Monday. None of the seven employees exposed to the material became ill.

The letter referred to Canucks star Todd Bertuzzi, although no other details were released. Bertuzzi was suspended and reinstated by the NHL for his on-ice attack of Steve Moore in 2004. He played for Canada at the Turin Olympics.

The Canucks were in Dallas on Monday night and lost their fourth straight game.

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