Fire official: Suspicious substance found in downtown Birmingham considered 'non-toxic'

Fire and rescue crews investigate a suspicious white powder that was found along 2nd Avenue North in downtown Birmingham, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A suspicious substance found in downtown Birmingham Wednesday morning has been determined to be "non-toxic," a fire and rescue official told ABC 33/40.

A man called police around 9 a.m. after discovering white powder along 2nd Avenue North and authorities immediately closed the nearby streets while fire and rescue crews worked to identify the mysterious substance.

A sample of the powder was collected for testing and it was later determined that the substance was not toxic and didn't pose a threat to the safety of the public. Birmingham police have begun clearing the scene and the closed streets are expected to be reopened soon.

A Birmingham Fire and Rescue spokesman told ABC 33/40 that they don't believe the incident was a prank and police will continue to investigate how the substance made its way into the city.