An unknown white powder that fell out of a letter shut down the Phillips 66 in Stover temporarily Thursday until police determined that the material was not a hazardous substance. A Facebook post from the Stover Police Department around 4:45 p.m. stated that the gas station at Highway 52 and 135 had been cleared and was open for business again.

An unknown white powder that fell out of a letter shut down the Phillips 66 in Stover temporarily Thursday until police determined that the material was not a hazardous substance. A Facebook post from the Stover Police Department around 4:45 p.m. stated that the gas station at Highway 52 and 135 had been cleared and was open for business again.

The incident started earlier in the day Thursday when Chief Trampus Jackson responded to the gas station at Highways 52 and 135 at the request of a Missouri State Highway Patrolman. Upon arrival, Chief Jackson was advised of a 47-year-old female who had opened a letter she received in the mail and that a white unknown powder had come out of it and onto her.

Chief Jackson discovered that the letter was from a business in New York but was mailed from Santa Barbara, Calif. Due to the unknown nature of the powder and safety considerations of the public the Phillips 66 was at that time blocked off, the press release states.

Chief Jackson then had Mid-Mo Ambulance stage in the area and the fire department respond to the scene. Jackson then made contact with the Cole County Haz-Mat team and explained the circumstance of the event. They advised Chief Jackson with the proper handling of the unknown substance and personnel on scene and advised that they would be responding from Jefferson City.

Chief Jackson and Trooper Campbell of the Missouri State Highway Patrol then began trying to track down the company and any other leads on where the letter may have come from. Speaking with the female who made the report, Jackson found that she had a daughter in the state of California. Chief Jackson obtained a phone number for the daughter, but was unable to reach her. Jackson was later contacted by this female and was able to confirm that the letter was from her son and that the envelope had been recycled and used from an elementary in the state of California. Upon this confirmation the scene was released and Phillips 66 was opened back up for business.

The daughter from California used glitter and glue that dried that turned to a powder, according to information provided by the SPD.