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Suspicious Powder Incident at Dept of Revenue Mail Room Determined Non-Hazardous
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Rosemary Hardin
Department of Revenue
Public Information Officer
(503) 945-8559

Oregon State Police (OSP) investigated a Tuesday morning incident at the State Capitol Mall Department of Revenue mail room in which an employee opened an envelope and discovered a suspicious white powder. Following a brief partial evacuation and analysis by Salem Fire / Hazardous Materials personnel, the powder was determined to be a baking product and not hazardous.
The incident occurred April 26, 2011 at approximately 9:32 a.m. when a mail room employee opened the envelope. The mail room and basement floor was evacuated. Evacuated employees were allowed to return at 10:40 a.m. after the substance tested non-hazardous.
There was no threat associated with the letter or incident and the investigation is closed.