White powder causes evacuation of Obama office

By David Edwards
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 10:11 EDT
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Fox 29 News reported:

“There was a scare Tuesday at the South Philadelphia campaign headquarters of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama.”

“The office at 15th and Christian streets was filled with volunteers around 5 p.m. when one of them brought in the mail and opened a letter that had a note and a powdery substance on it that immediately set off alarms.”

“She notified a supervisor. Then, they placed the letter outside, evacuated the building and called police.”

“‘The letter was somewhat threatening in nature, and it contained a substance that we believed to be a hazmat,’ Philadelphia police Capt. Mike Gillespie said.”

“Examining the letter, investigators determined the substance was just harmless brown sugar. The all-clear was given by 5:50 p.m.”

This video is from Fox 29 News, broadcast October 14, 2008.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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