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Dried toothpaste caused evacuation at AL Attorney General's Office

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Test results on the suspicious white substance that caused an evacuation at the Alabama Attorney General's Office last week have revealed that the substance was dried toothpaste.

The Dallas County Sheriff says an inmate sent a letter to the Attorney General with a previously used envelope which he tried to seal with toothpaste.

The Alabama Attorney General's office received the letter addressed to the Attorney General Luther Strange containing the white powdery substance on August 14, 2013. It was opened in the reception area today. 

Local, state, and federal first responders immediately evacuated the building and began efforts to identify the substance and decontaminate the eight employees that were exposed.

Initial tests performed by the United States Postal Service concluded the substance was not harmful. The substance was removed from the building and further tests were performed by the Alabama National Guard Civil Support Team confirming the substance was not hazardous.

"The actions performed by the federal, state, and local first responders is a prime example of how working together as a team makes a more effective and efficient government," said Secretary Spencer Collier of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, "I would like to commend the City of Montgomery's Fire Department for the exemplary efforts today."

In a statement released to the media, Attorney General Strange says, "Our employees are all safe, and that I am most thankful. The Attorney General's Office is working with state and federal authorities to investigate the source of the letter received today. I want to commend the first responders, firefighters, medics and law enforcement personnel for their rapid response, assistance and professionalism."

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation.

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