Authorities investigate white powdery substance on Indianapolis southwest side, determine it is not hazardous

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 13, 2015) – Authorities have determined that the white powdery substance that blanketed cars and homes on the southwest side of Indianapolis came from a nearby chemical plant and is not hazardous.

IMPD was called to the 1700 block of South Moreland Avenue around 10:45 a.m. Residents in the area were concerned about a white powdery substance covering a few blocks in the area east of South Tibbs Avenue and West Minnesota Street.

The Wayne Township Fire Department Hazmat Team responded to the scene, and upon further investigation they determined that the mysterious substance was a catalyst substance released from Vertellus Specialties.

Fire officials say the substance is not haxardous in small amounts, and there is no danger to the public.

Vertellus Specialties is cooperating with authorities and leading the cleanup efforts in the area.

They released this statement Sunday evening:

Early morning on Sunday, September 13, our Vertellus facility located at 1500 S. Tibbs Avenue released an above-normal amount of particulate. The prevailing winds carried the particulate into the immediate neighborhood southeast of our facility. This event does not present a health concern. The problem was quickly corrected. Vertellus is working directly with our neighbors to address any questions they might have.

Picture of car with white powdery substance

Picture of car with white powdery substance