A "white powdery substance" in a piece of mail was discovered at the Cross Building in Augusta on Tuesday evening.

White Powder Discovered in Mail

The Capitol Police responded to an office on the 4th floor around 4:20 pm.

Floor Cleared after Powder Detected

The floor was cleared “and there was no further impact to the rest of the Cross Building or the State House which both remained open,” said Shannon Moss, Public Information Officer, Maine Department of Public Safety.

Powder tested Negative

“The powder was safely secured and field tested on-site. All tests were negative. No one was injured,” said Moss.

Officials on the Scene

First responders on the scene included the Augusta Police and Fire Departments, the Maine State Police, the Department of Environmental Protection and the National Guard Civil Support Team (CST).

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