Police: Suspicious powder in envelopes not toxic

Posted March 07, 2009, at 1:14 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Police in Waterville say a white powdery substance found in suspicious envelopes received at City Hall and another building in the city has been tested and found to be nontoxic.

Chief Joseph Massey said the investigation is shifting into the criminal phase, as detectives seek to determine who sent the envelopes that showed up Friday at the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program and at City Hall.

Police called a local Army National Guard unit and a fire department hazardous materials team to evacuate the buildings.

Samples of the powder were tested at the state’s health and Environmental Testing Laboratory in Augusta.

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