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White powder scare shuts down Executive Tower

The executive tower was locked down for about an hour after a suspicious envelope filled with white powder was found.

The envelope was sent to Gov. Jan Brewer’s constituent services department on the first floor of the building. Police were called around 9:56 a.m. after an employee opened the envelope and white powder spilled out onto the employee’s desk, according to Arizona Capitol Police Cmdr. Andrew Staubitz.

Capitol Police and the Phoenix Fire Department responded to the scene, and Staubitz said the FBI is assisting in the investigation. The suspicious powder was sent to a state laboratory for analysis. Staubitz said it would take about 24 hours for the lab to complete its analysis of the powder and determine what it is.

“At this point, no one has been injured or complained of illness or anything of that nature,” he said.

Staubitz said a letter was also in the envelope, though he said he did not know what it said.

Employees were told not to use the elevators in the nine-story building after the envelope was found, and no one was being let in or out of the tower. The building was reopened around 11 a.m.


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