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UPDATE: Envelope sent to Capitol office contained tea

Post by Melissa Santos / The Olympian on March 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm with No Comments »
March 4, 2013 1:55 pm

UPDATE from the Associated Press:

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Officials at the Washington state Capitol say that a letter that arrived at a Capitol office building didn’t contain powder, as they initially believed, but tea.

Bob Calkins, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol, says that while they’ll still continue to investigate that the contents of the white teabag is actually tea, at this point “our level of concern has dropped.”

The letter was being held in the security office at John Cherberg Building, which houses Senate offices. Calkins said he did not yet have information on who the letter was addressed to.

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Olympia, Wash. (AP) – Officials at the Washington state Capitol are investigating a letter that arrived at a Capitol office building that contained white powder in the envelope.

Bob Calkins, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol, said that there have been no evacuations ordered, and that the letter is secured in the security office at John Cherberg Building, which houses Senate offices.

Calkins said he did not yet have information on who the letter was addressed to.

He said that the patrol has requested assistance from a specialized team at the National Guard to help them determine the chemical nature of the substance.

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