Montgomery powder scare substance ID'ed

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - There's been another white powder scare in Alabama, but again the contents are harmless. Fire officials with the city of Montgomery tell WSFA 12 News the power was baking soda.

Still, officials are not taking the situation lightly.

Montgomery's Municipal Court Building was evacuated about 10:40 a.m. Tuesday because workers found an envelope containing the white powder. Mayor Todd Strange said the powder was in an envelope that appeared to be a payment of a court fine. He said the envelope was mailed from out of state.

Strange said six employees were exposed to the letter, and a hazardous materials team was called to the court building as a precaution.

Nine letters containing white powder have been found at public offices in Alabama since Sunday. Those letters were sent to Republican members of Alabama's congressional delegation.

The mayor said it's too early to tell if there is any connection between the letters.

WSFA 12 News will have a full report at 5:00 and 6:00.

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