'Suspicious packages' found at foreign missions in Australia

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Hat tip to Buffettgirl.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-46805944

Melbourne's Metropolitan Fire Brigade said it had been called to "a number of incidents" across the city.

Consulates of the UK, Switzerland, the US and Pakistan are among those evacuated there.

Some of the packages were reported to contain what appeared to be concrete, and were labelled asbestos.

There were no reports of harm to any staff.

"The packages are being examined by attending emergency services. The circumstances are being investigated," the Australian Federal Police said.

State police in Melbourne said the incidents there were believed to be "targeted and not impacting the general community".

Emergency workers had been seen at consulates belonging to the US, India, Pakistan, Greece, South Korea, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and France according to Australian broadcaster ABC News.

They also attended an incident at a building housing the Consulate General of Turkey, ABC said.

Some emergency workers were seen carrying large bags with the words Danger Asbestos written on them, Australian media report.

A British High Commission official said its consulate general in Melbourne had also been targeted but "all our staff are safe and accounted for".
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The Swiss consulate in Melbourne was sent a small envelope containing a substance labelled "asbestos", said Peter Erb, the husband of honorary consul Manuela Erb.

"We immediately put the envelope in another bag and rang the emergency service and they came and took it away," he told the BBC.

"We do know now that the item was not likely a bio-hazard."

On Monday, suspicious parcels containing a white substance were sent to Argentina's consulate in Sydney. They were later found to be non-toxic.
 

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The Swiss consulate in Melbourne was sent a small envelope containing a substance labelled "asbestos",
While I agree asbestos is not something you wanna be playing with it doesn't really have the dangerousness about it that, say, ricin does or botulism toxin or just about a lot of stuff that can't think of right at this moment.

Why the hysteria over asbestos? It doesn't spontaneously explode or spread it's spores, so what gives?
 

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