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Powder found at State Capitol deemed non-hazardous

Posted June 8, 2010

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— Tests have determined that a powdery substance found in a letter opened at the State Capitol on Monday afternoon wasn't hazardous, according to the state Division of Public Health.

Officials tested the substance for anthrax, ricin and other bacteria, toxins and viruses.

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

The two staff members who were exposed to the substance were treated outside the building and appeared to be fine, authorities said.

Staff from the Governor’s Office, State Capitol Police and the Department of Cultural Resources who normally work in the building returned to work Tuesday, but the building remained closed to the public as a precaution until final tests on the powder were completed.

The State Capitol will reopen to the public on Wednesday, officials said.

State Capitol Police have opened a criminal investigation into the matter and were trying to determine the origin of the letter.

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  • 5Rs Jun 8, 2010

    Wonder why they didn't test it for flour, sugar or salt first. Just dip a wet finger and taste it, then they wouldn't have to evacuate the whole city.

    On second thought, at least it kept Bubbles from spending more of our money for a few minutes.

  • josephlawrence43 Jun 8, 2010

    Perhaps a point is being missed here---that being that Bubbles and the Democommies in the NC legislature are no more popular than those in the US Congress. Perhaps it could be a wakeup call for them to clean up their act and begin working for the people of NC, not against them.

  • OGE Jun 8, 2010

    If it is "only" white powder, why open a criminal investigation? What would you charge the person with, if the powder is only baby powder. Was there anything in the note, that would be criminal? We all better watch our comments on this one, or the "thought" police will file charges for asking questions about the criminal investigation. justin t. you might be the first to get a visit from the "thought" police, or maybe even ME!
    Eduardo1

    It's the same thing as inciting a riot....also while the powder may not be dangerous there was obviously intent. You'd better sit down before you fall and hit your head.

  • johnstonredneck Jun 8, 2010

    Did they send baby powder because Perdue is such a ninny or because they could not find any of the other powder?

  • iworkandpaytaxes Jun 8, 2010

    Wasnt Raleigh #1 for best quality of life this year? Who was crying about local government? We may have more money if we didnt have to spend tax dollars on COWARDS that do this. They can t form a campaign to beat her so they mail her powder. LOL what clowns.

  • Unbroken Jun 8, 2010

    "If it is "only" white powder, why open a criminal investigation? What would you charge the person with, if the powder is only baby powder."

    You are right El Dorado, why not just send a package to all of the local, state and federal government centers in NC, that has a fake bomb in it? Why stop there? How about sending a fake bomb to a bunch of businesses and/or corporations? Oh I know! How about walking into the airport and trying to board a plane with a fake bomb? That would be awesome! I mean, why would someone be arrested for any of those harmless infractions? I mean afterall, the bomb isn't real, just an alarm clock and a bunch of wires.

    You win the Alexandre DUMAS award for today.

  • Eduardo1 Jun 8, 2010

    you are right, here come the crazies
    Paula Deen?
    Marion Barry?

    who is next?

  • Eduardo1 Jun 8, 2010

    If it is "only" white powder, why open a criminal investigation?
    What would you charge the person with, if the powder is only baby powder. Was there anything in the note, that would be criminal?
    We all better watch our comments on this one, or the "thought" police will file charges for asking questions about the criminal investigation.
    justin t. you might be the first to get a visit from the "thought" police, or maybe even ME!

  • shortcake53 Jun 8, 2010

    I'm curious to know what the letter said...........

  • Justin T. Jun 8, 2010

    Based on how the local government is running I'd bet the white powder is cocaine.

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