(CNN)Emergency services in Australia are responding to multiple reports of suspicious packages delivered to at least a dozen consulates and seven foreign embassies in Melbourne and Canberra.
Suspicious packages sent to multiple embassies and consulates in Australia
The British, American, Croatian, New Zealand and Swiss consulates in Melbourne all confirmed to CNN that they had received suspicious items in the mail.
The Swiss consulate in the southern city, Australia's second largest, told the network that a suspicious package was delivered at around 1.30 p.m. local time Wednesday (9.30 p.m. Tuesday ET), and that the police and fire services are currently investigating.
A British High Commission spokesperson also confirmed that a suspicious package was sent to their Melbourne consulate and they were liaising closely with Australian Federal Police and the local authorities regarding the situation.
Joseph Petrić, Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in Melbourne, told CNN that a package arrived at the consulate in the regular mail, and contained three little packets. Staff called the firemen and federal police, and the authorities came, packaged it and took it away. He said the office was not evacuated.
A spokesman for the US consulate in Melbourne told CNN that after receiving a suspicious package staff "followed standard procedures and alerted local authorities. The Melbourne fire brigade and Australian Federal Police are currently investigating. We have full faith and confidence in them."