Suspicious powder forces evacuation at Phoenix DES office

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix Fire Department and U.S. Postal Inspectors are examining an envelope with what is described as a suspicious powder. The letter was mailed to an Arizona Department of Economic Security Office in midtown Phoenix.

Fire department spokesman Scott Walker tells The Associated Press the fire department received a call just before 10 a.m. Monday of a suspicious package.

An office worker opened the letter which contained a white, powdery substance. The building near Central Avenue and Indian School Road was isolated and about 100 workers were evacuated.

Only one person was exposed. So far, there are no reports of anyone becoming ill including the person who opened the letter.