White powder sent to gov’t offices causes scare

Emergency crews raced to various governmental buildings in Boston yesterday where people had opened letters containing a white powder.  

The first report came in just before 11 a.m. at One Ashburton Place where a receptionist on the 20th floor opened mail containing the substance, authorities said.

That floor is part of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office.

Field tests resulted in no significant readings from the powder and fire units cleared the scene.

About 90 minutes later, fire crews responded to a similar call at Sen. Scott Brown’s office at the JFK Federal Building. Fire crews again had no significant readings from the powder test.

In both instances, the powder was sent to a state lab for more testing. No injuries were reported.
The Federal Protective Services will investigate.

A similar incident was reported at a courthouse in Greenfield.



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