Primus evacuated over mail disturbance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Primus Financial Services evacuated some 1,200 employees from its Franklin, Tenn., headquarters Wednesday after an employee opened a letter that may have been a stink bomb.

No injuries were reported, but 17 employees were taken for emergency treatment because of nausea and vomiting.

Officials evacuated two of the buildings on Primus' headquarters campus because of the resulting odor.

A spokesman for the contracted security firm, Pinkerton Security, said the incident was triggered when a worker opened an envelope.

Primus Automotive is a financial services subsidiary of Ford Motor Co., representing non-Ford-brand auto retailers.

You can reach Lindsay Chappell at lchappell@crain.com

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