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UPDATED: Tests find nothing suspicious in package at Sen. Murray’s Tacoma office

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on June 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
June 16, 2011 2:30 pm

UPDATE 2: The Tacoma Fire Department has completed its tests on the suspicious envelope and “found  nothing suspicious,” department spokesman Joe Meinecke said.

The department tested the envelope for biological, radiological and chemical substances.

“All those came back negative,” Meinecke said.

The Fire Department has finished its investigation and turned the envelope over to the U.S. Postal Service for investigation.

UPDATE: The “suspicious package” is a letter-sized envelope that came in the regular mail, Tacoma police spokeswoman Gretchen Aguirre said.

An employee picked up the mail today and noticed something odd about the return address on the letter-sized envelope. The employee felt something similar to sand in the envelope and decided to call police. The employee and a coworker left the office, Aguirre said.

Nothing ever spilled from the envelope. The envelope was going to be bagged and sent to the postal inspector for process, Aguirre said.

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Tacoma police and firefighters are investigating a suspicious package found today at U.S. Patty Murray’s downtown Tacoma office.

The office is located in a building at 950 Pacific Ave. Part of Pacific Avenue is blocked by the fire engines.

Crews were testing the package to see if it contained anything hazardous, Tacoma fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said.

No one has reported being sick and the building has not been evacuated.

Murray’s office issued a two-sentence statement that acknowledged the ongoing investigation. It said Tacoma police and fire were handling all aspects of the investigation and response effort.

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