White powder in envelope shuts down Alabama attorney general’s office
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
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A U.S. Postal Service official dressed in a hazardous waste suits talks with Montgomery officials as they prepare for decontamination after a suspicious letter containing an unknown powder was delivered to the Alabama Attorney General's office in Montgomery today. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
A U.S. Postal Service official dressed in a hazardous waste suits talks with Montgomery officials as they prepare for decontamination after a suspicious letter containing an unknown powder was delivered to the Alabama Attorney General's office in Montgomery today. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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MONTGOMERY — The office of Alabama’s attorney general was evacuated Wednesday morning after clerical workers opened an envelope containing a white powder of unknown origin, Montgomery police say.

Montgomery Police Department spokeswoman Martha Earnhardt said police received a report around 10 a.m. that employees in the office had opened an envelope and found a white powder inside. Initial tests by U. S. Postal Service employees indicate the powder was not harmful, Earnhardt said.

Earnhardt said the building was evacuated as a precaution. Eight employees were temporarily quarantined in the building and were undergoing decontamination in a tent outside the attorney general’s office as of 1 p.m.

Civilian employees of the Alabama National Guard are conducting further tests on the powder, with results expected later this afternoon, Earnhardt said.

State Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier has ordered the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to conduct an criminal investigation to find the sender of the white powder, Earnhardt said.

Capitol & statewide correspondent Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.

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