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Toronto's Danforth Avenue re-opens after mysterious powder scare

A short section of Toronto's Danforth Avenue that was briefly closed Thursday morning over a hazardous-materials scare has reopened after the substance was found to be harmless.

The incident stemmed from the discovery of a mysterious brown powder leaking from a package being handled by a Canada Post employee. The powder proved to be nothing more than sand in a birthday card.

The discovery at a sorting station at 685 Danforth Ave. prompted the dispatch of the Toronto police's Chemical, Biological, Radiological Nuclear and Explosive unit.

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Danforth Avenue, the east-side extension of Bloor Street, was closed for about an hour between Pape and Jones avenues.

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