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Authorities find box of unknown powder

Posted: October 11, 2013 - 11:06am
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Capital City Fire and Rescue and the Juneau Police Department respond to the State Office Building Friday after a box containing a white powder was delivered to the 11th floor. The building was evacuated Friday morning and will be closed through the weekend.  Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Capital City Fire and Rescue and the Juneau Police Department respond to the State Office Building Friday after a box containing a white powder was delivered to the 11th floor. The building was evacuated Friday morning and will be closed through the weekend.

The State Office Building in downtown Juneau was evacuated and closed Friday morning. It reopened around 4 p.m. after the FBI determined that a package with white powder in it was not hazardous.  
A spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell said the box, which was sent to the Department of Revenue on the 11th floor, had in it tax documents from a pharmaceutical company in California and that the white powder was part of the packaging.
Capital City Fire and Rescue and a hazardous materials team were first to respond to the building. The Juneau Police Department was also on site.
About 600 people work in the State Office Building. Employees have been instructed to return to work Monday. 

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The State Office Building in downtown Juneau was evacuated Friday morning and will be closed through the weekend. A box containing white powder was delivered to the 11th floor, where the Department of Revenue is located. It's still unknown to whom the box was addressed.

Sharon Leighow, a spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell, said four people were exposed when the package was opened around 9:45 a.m. Leighow said the FBI has taken the package and it will be sent to the state crime lab for analysis this weekend. She said the postmark on the package was from California.

Capital City Fire and Rescue and a hazardous materials team were first to respond to the building. The Juneau Police Department is also on site. Emergency workers will conduct tests to determine the identity of the powder. 

Spokesman for the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Jeremy Zidek said this type of incident is not uncommon.

"We've had 200 other incidences in Alaska when the white powder has come back negative," Zidek said. "With each of these incidences we have processes in place to secure the material."

About 600 people work in the State Office Building. Employees have been instructed to check Alaska.gov for updates. 

 

Editor's note: This story has been updated with the most recent information available on the SOB shutdown.

 

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