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State Capitol evacuated after white powder found

Posted June 7, 2010

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— Authorities ordered legislators, staff and visitors out of the State Capitol in Raleigh Monday afternoon after a staff member found white powder in a letter addressed to Gov. Bev Perdue, officials said.

“It was inside the building and that was cordoned off immediately,” Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said. 

Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson White powder found in letter to governor

After several hours, the letter was removed from the building and transported to a state lab for testing, Raleigh Fire Department Battalion Chief Brad Harvey said.

Investigators are trying to determine where the letter came from.

The two staff members who were exposed to the substance were treated and released. Harvey said they are OK.

Pearson said Perdue was never in any danger and all the proper steps were taken.

“Hopefully, this will just be an abundance of caution,” she said.

Harvey said the State Capitol Police will determine when the building can reopen.

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  • shortcake53 Jun 8, 2010

    I guess you dont read actual news articles about the Easely investigation which is still ongoing, or the questions raised about Bev's expenses, or where some of her contributions came from. Educate yourself on a topic before you go huffing and puffing, you may not look quite so foolish.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jun 8, 2010

    I love living in Raleigh. It was named the best place to live in the country with the best quality of life. I was born here. Solutions to what? The topic? I already gave you the solution. Read my 2nd comment. IT CLEARLY SAID GO GET ELECTED AND BEAT HER. I didnt vote for her. Sending white powder is for COWARDS and a huge expense to taxpayers.

    All you said was something about bigwigs and under the table money. Who gave the under the table money and how much? This should be good........

  • shortcake53 Jun 8, 2010

    I dont recall any of "her highness's" posts having any substance, just a lot of fussing. Tell us please, what are your brilliant solutions?

  • COPs eye Jun 8, 2010

    Hopefully the two staff members will not have any delayed exposure issues. I am not surprised that someone is attempting to get at the govenor. She is not popular and there is always the one person that is willing to go on a tiraid.

  • shortcake53 Jun 8, 2010

    imyourhighness (NOT) We cant launch a campaign because we dont know all the bigwigs with deep pockets to give us money under the table, and we were not mentored by the most corrupt governor NC has had in a long time. The people of NC have every right to be disappointed with our current administration and are entitled to say so.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jun 8, 2010

    "her highness" sounds like shes taking this pretty personal.. Bev, is that you??
    shortcake53

    AGAIN....No substance. No Ideas. NOTHING!!!

  • shortcake53 Jun 8, 2010

    "her highness" sounds like shes taking this pretty personal.. Bev, is that you??

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jun 8, 2010

    the "white powder" was all the dust that Bev's administration has generated with her grabbing of the Washington handouts! That have now left, and will leave, this state in ruins!
    YouKiddingMe

    This is why you cant win an election. No substance. No thought. No ideas. No soulutions. Just hate and nonsense. I thought Raleigh was named best place to live in the COUNTRY. Isnt Raleigh in NC? Ruins? Stop blaming gov for your failures and leave this great state if you have a problem with it.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jun 8, 2010

    How much did this cost taxpayers? Why send white powder? Go start a cmapaign and beat her. OH you cant. Its easier to try and scare them like a coward at the taxpayers expense.

  • NoFreakinWay Jun 7, 2010

    the "white powder" was all the dust that Bev's administration has generated with her grabbing of the Washington handouts! That have now left, and will leave, this state in ruins!

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