Unknown substances sent to Forbes, Rigell not hazardous



Posted on February 22, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 23 at 1:10 AM

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CHESAPEAKE --Letters containing an unidentified powdery substance were sent to two local congressmen Friday. 

A worker in Rep. Scott Rigell's office in Virginia Beach opened a letter which contained a reddish substance Friday. Fire officials said the woman who opened the letter was not hurt.

Around 5 p.m., Rep. Rigell's office confirmed the substance found in the letter was not hazardous.

A suspicious package was also delivered to Rep. Randy Forbes' office in Chesapeake on Friday.

A spokesman for Forbes said the package contained a flaky unidentified substance.  After testing, officials said it was not harmful.

The congressman was not in the office at the time the package was delivered.

Forbes' office said Capitol Police and Chesapeake authorities responded to the scene on Independence Parkway, where the Fourth District congressman has his district office.

Police say the letter had a return address but they don't know whether the address is real.