UPDATE:No Danger Found In Suspicious Mail Sent to Flake

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: The Postal Inspection Service says tests of suspicious mail sent to the Phoenix office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake have found nothing dangerous or harmful.

Authorities evacuated part of the building Wednesday after staff for the Republican senator came across mail that was stained with an oily substance. But Keith Moore of the Postal Inspection Service says a letter was tested and found to be harmless.

The situation came a day after authorities said a letter containing ricin was mailed to the office of a Mississippi senator. The Secret Service also says it has intercepted a letter addressed to President Barack Obama that contained a substance that tested positive for the poisonous ricin.

Flake is a first-term senator from Arizona.

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities are investigating two suspicious letters that were sent to the Phoenix office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.

Emergency crews in hazardous materials gear rushed to the scene and evacuated people in parts of the building, located in the trendy Biltmore neighborhood of Phoenix.

Police spokesman Tommy Thompson says there were two suspicious packages and authorities are trying to find out if they are dangerous.

The situation came a day after authorities said a letter containing ricin was mailed to the office of a Mississippi senator. The Secret Service also says it has intercepted a letter addressed to President Barack Obama that contained a suspicious substance.

Flake is a Republican who was elected to the Senate last year.


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