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FBI determines suspicious substance sent to lawmaker not to be a threat

Jul 19, 2022, 6:00 PM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 11:29 am
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SALT LAKE CITY — A letter sent to a Utah lawmaker with a suspicious substance turned out not to be a credible threat, according to the FBI.

The Republican state lawmaker who received the letter with the suspicious substance is not known. However, a spokesperson for the House of Representatives says state investigators were notified. The state investigators then informed the FBI, who was able to determine the substance did not pose a threat to anybody. They say it was some kind of powder, but nothing hazardous. 

However, the experience served as a good dry run in the event of a real threat. 

There are procedures in place for lawmakers. Of which, the first step is notify police if they receive anything that makes them nervous, no matter if it’s at home or at the Capitol. 

Mark Jones contributed to this article. 

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