A Springfield fire official today said tests revealed baby powder was the suspicious white substance that fell out of an envelope in a building across from the Capitol.
Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin said officials will continue to investigate the matter because a letter also in the envelope indicated criminal intent, though he declined to reveal what the letter said.
The tests were done after an employee in the mail room of the governor’s constituent services office opened an envelope containing a letter and white powder fell out, Fustin said. The employees contacted emergency officials and a hazardous materials team was sent in, Fustin said.
The office that received the letter was the Governor’s Office of Citizen Assistance. That office receives the phone calls, e-mails and mail that the governor receives from the public.
The citizen assistance office is just one office in the building at 222 S. College St.
After the workers discovered the powder and called the fire department about 10:30 a.m., the ventilation system was turned off and workers in other offices were told to remain where they were.
About four or five workers that had contact with the letter were isolated.
Fustin declined to elaborate on what the letter said.
From what I was told, the powder was taken seriously, but much more so after the letter was read.