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Powder Sent to Congressman Raul Grijalva's Office Not Toxic

Initial reports that powder found in a swastika-covered envelope sent to the Tucson office of Congressman Raul Grijalva was toxic have turned out to be false.

The FBI announced today that despite reports yesterday claiming the powder was confirmed to be toxic, it wasn't. The feds won't say what the substance was, but it apparently wouldn't have hurt anyone.

Grijalva's office was shut down yesterday after staffers received a package containing what was initially believed to be a toxic substance.


The envelope containing the substance was covered in swastikas so, as you might imagine, staffers were instantly suspicious.

About a dozen staffers work in the office, none of whom was injured.

Grijalva wasn't at the office when the package arrived, and staffers were all sent home after they were checked out by paramedics.

Grijalva's call for a boycott of Arizona following the passage of state Senate Bill 1070 hasn't made him too popular lately. This is the third time one of his offices has been shut down because of some sort of threat since he first called for the boycott in April.

That same month, Grijalva's Tucson and Yuma offices were closed after a guy called the Tucson office and said he was going to "blow everyone's head off."

Nobody's head was actually blown off, but the offices were shut down.

Grijalva's Yuma office was closed again in July after staffer noticed the front window of the office was shattered.

Police later found a bullet lodged inside the office.

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James King
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