An apparent chemical burn on the hand of a Dolgeville school employee Tuesday morning led to a search of the Dolgeville Post Office and part of Main Street being closed, officials said.
Dolgeville Superintendent Christine Reynolds said the employee was fine and did not require medical treatment, but the school reported the apparent burn to Herkimer County Public Health as a precaution since the origin was unknown.
The employee had been to the Post Office earlier in the day, Reynolds said, but she was not clear if there was any connection between the Post Office and the employee's injury.
“It could have come from anywhere ... we're not sure,” Reynolds said, adding they are not even entirely sure it was a chemical burn. “We're just being cautious.”
Reynolds said the school's daily routine was not affected by the incident and school officials searched the employee's immediate work area, but not the entire building.
Dolgeville Police Chief Richard Congdon said no hazardous materials were found in the Post Office. He added police did not close the building, as some people believed, as the Post Office is normally closed from 1 to 3 p.m. each day.
U.S. Postal Service New York and New England spokeswoman Maureen Marion said a customer came to the Post Office at around 11 a.m. because she believed she had a reaction to mail she had received earlier in the day.
Postal Service officials said no hazardous materials were found.
A hazardous materials truck was at the scene as well as local fire crews for several hours.
The Post Office reopened at 4 p.m.