December 9, 2008 in Nation/World

Governors in six states get suspicious letters

Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Suspicious letters containing powdery substances addressed to governors were intercepted in at least six states on Monday, but tests indicated the powder in five of them wasn’t harmful.

The letters were reported in Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana and Rhode Island. Though no injuries were immediately reported, the mailings disrupted state governments in a few of the states, forcing some evacuations and testing for workers who might have been exposed.

Preliminary tests found the powders sent to Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana and Rhode Island were not harmful. The Missouri letter never made it to state offices, and test results on it were expected today.

Alabama officials said the FBI was working with police agencies in each state to investigate the letters. An FBI spokeswoman in Washington referred questions to the bureau’s offices in each state.

In Helena, authorities evacuated the Capitol after finding a letter addressed to Gov. Brian Schweitzer. The building was evacuated and employees sent home.

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