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9:19 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

White Powder In Mail That Evacuated Governor's Office Was Non-Toxic

Credit Office of the Governor

  Authorities say a suspicious substance found in mail sent to the New Mexico governor's office turned out to be non-toxic.

The top floor of the Capitol was evacuated for several hours Monday afternoon,

Santa Fe Assistant Fire Chief Jan Snyder said the white powdery substance found in an envelope wasn't dangerous but the FBI will have additional tests performed at a laboratory in Albuquerque.

A spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez says front office staff was processing and sorting incoming mail when the powdery substance was found. A second suspicious package also was reviewed by hazardous materials emergency responders.

Authorities evacuated the governor's office and the rest of the Capitol's fourth floor. The governor was not in the Capitol when the letter was found

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.