Hazmat Scare At An Ill. Attorney General’s Office

(State Journal-Register Photo) – (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 says the all-clear was given shortly before 1:00 p.m. Friday 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 2 1/2 hours earlier after employees reported finding the substance. Workers were told to stay inside their offices while Springfield firefighters tested the powder.

The State Journal-Register in Springfield 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.

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