Suspicious letter found at Hillsborough courthouse tests negative for toxic substance

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Powder that prompted the partial evacuation of the Hillsborough County Courthouse Annex in downtown Tampa has tested negative for a toxic substance.

The first floor of the courthouse was evacuated after a suspicious letter containing powder was found.

Tampa Fire Rescue crews, Tampa Police Department officers and a hazmat team responded to the scene.

Tampa Fire Rescue spokesperson Jason Penny said that a suspicious letter was delivered to the mail room and was discovered around 3:40 p.m.

Hazmat crews found powder inside the letter. It has not been determined what the powder is, but it tested negative for a toxic substance. It will still need to be sent to a lab to be tested.

No injuries were reported.

Detectives believe the letter was mailed to the courthouse, not brought there.

Authorities have not disclosed who the letter was addressed too.

An area outside the courthouse was roped off to keep people from entering.

Nearby streets were closed as a precaution.


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