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Hazmat scare roils Illinois attorney general office

July 10, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A white powdery substance found in an envelope sent to an Illinois attorney general’s office has turned out to be harmless.

Acting Springfield Fire Chief Mark Hart tells The State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/1NZ78Es ) the all-clear was given shortly before 1 p.m. after a test of the powder came up negative.

Hazardous-materials teams from the Springfield Fire Department and other agencies were sent to the office about 2½ hours earlier after employees reported finding the substance. Workers were told to stay inside their offices while Springfield firefighters tested the powder.

The newspaper reports police have information about the person who sent the package. The FBI was called in to assist in the investigation.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general says the office building on the city’s west side houses civil attorneys.


Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com