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Maine Capitol Police say a white powdery substance was discovered in a piece of mail in an office on the 4th floor of the Cross Building in Augusta.

The envelope that contained a white powdery substance, which tested negative. It was opened in an office at the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions.

No one was injured. The incident remains under investigation.

From the Maine State Police:

On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at approximately 4:20 pm, Capitol Police responded to an office on the 4th floor of the Cross Building in Augusta after a white powdery substance was discovered in a piece of mail during regular processing. Capitol Police were able to clear the 4th floor and there was no further impact to the rest of the Cross Building or the State House which both remained open. The Augusta Police and Fire Departments, the Maine State Police, the Department of Environmental Protection and the National Guard Civil Support Team (CST) responded to assist. The powder was safely secured and field tested on-site. All tests were negative.

Capitol Police and Augusta Fire investigating suspicious package at the Cross Building. Issue isloated to the 4th floor in the building. All other floors and activites are not effected.

Posted by Capitol Police Maine on Tuesday, January 23, 2024

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