Apple Park HQ Briefly Evacuated Over Hazmat Scare, Nothing Dangerous Found

Apple's campus was evacuated after an unknown substance was found, according to local news reports.

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Apple's spaceship-like campus is located in Cupertino, California.


Apple Park was briefly evacuated Tuesday when a dangerous-seeming mail item was discovered by an employee. Employees were allowed to reenter their offices though when the substance was deemed not to be harmful.

Only a portion of the campus was evacuated before given the all-clear, according to NBC Bay Area, which published photos of hazardous materials responders at the scene. NBC cited Santa Clara County Fire Department Capt. Justin Stockman as saying the envelope contained a "white powder substance."

Apple and the local county fire department didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

A contingent of Apple employees has been working in the offices as the company prepares a regular return to work in April amid declining COVID-19 cases in the US.