Powder Mailed to Governor Jan Brewer's Office Ruled Non-Toxic

There was some minor panic at the state Capitol yesterday after someone mailed an envelope filled with white powder to the office of Governor Jan Brewer.

Today, though, officials Arizona Capitol Police say the substance was non-toxic.

About 10:30 yesterday morning, haz-mat teams were called to the Capitol after a suspicious envelope addressed to Brewer's office was found to contain a "white, powdery substance."

The envelope was opened by a Capitol employee and spilled onto a computer.

The Capitol was not evacuated, but Andrew Staubitz, Capitol police chief, told New Times that the area near where the substance was discovered -- on the first floor of the building -- was sealed off as police conducted an investigation.

Staubitz says today that officials at the Health Department have confirmed that the powder was not toxic and no employees were at risk.

What the substance actually was is yet to be determined.

Capitol cops, as well as the FBI, are investigating the incident to see if they can figure out the identity of Governor Brewer's little pen-pal.

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