White powder sent to Supreme Court deemed ‘not hazardous’

Suspicious Package

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – After a staffer at the Tennessee Supreme Court opened an envelope containing a suspicious white powder, officials have deemed it “not hazardous.”

Brian Haas, the Public Information Officer with the Nashville Fire Department, told News 2 the three people who came into contact with the substance have since been decontaminated.

The powder was sent to a lab further testing. It could take days for results to be final.

News 2 learned a letter was sent along with the powder but there is no word yet on what it said.

The Supreme Court building was evacuated after the envelope was opened after 4:30 p.m.

The staffer who opened it notified the Tennessee Highway Patrol officers who work security for the courts. Their Special Operations Unit was called to the scene along with HAZMAT crews.

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