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OSP Criminal Investigation Division Investigating Suspicious Powder in Envelope at State Capitol Building
06/22/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigation Division detectives are continuing the investigation into Friday morning's incident at the Oregon State Capitol building in which an envelope was opened containing a suspicious white powder. Following an 80-minute area containment and analysis by Salem Fire / Hazardous Materials personnel, the powder was determined to not be hazardous.
 
On June 22, 2012 at approximately 11:10 a.m. OSP Capitol Mall troopers were notified that an envelope with unknown white powder was opened by a staff member in a west wing office at the State Capitol. The office is part of a suite of offices for members of the Governor's staff. The area was contained and 11 people, including some of the Governor's staffers and citizen representatives, were told to stay in their offices. Governor Kitzhaber was not at the State Capitol. Troopers and facility employees secured the area.
 
Salem Fire / Hazardous Materials personnel arrived and tested the powder. It was determined to be not hazardous.
 
The affected offices and employees were allowed to leave their offices about 12:30 p.m.
 
No other information to be released pending the ongoing investigation.

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