UPDATE: Suspicious Envelope Reports In Northwest Up To 8 - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Suspicious Envelope Reports In Northwest Up To 8

SPOKANE, Wash. – Federal authorities are now investigating at least 8 reports of suspicious envelopes containing white powder at federal agencies across the northwest.

Frank Harrill from the FBI's Eastern Washington District confirmed envelopes were received at federal offices in Seattle, Bellevue and Spokane.

A media affairs agent based in Salt Lake City said 4 more envelopes were received at federal offices in Idaho. The FBI Office in Pocatello received one letter and the US Attorney's office in Boise received another, according to the media affairs office. She said two offices in Coeur d'Alene received envelopes: The US Attorney's Office and the FBI Office.

Several employees in Western Washington were taken to the hospital as a precaution after opening an envelope containing the powder on Monday. Investigators are working to determine what the substance is and why it was sent.

"This is a very preliminary phase of the investigation," said Harrill.  "However, certainly these letters being received on the same day would be a strong indicator there's a linkage here, but we have not determined that at this time."

KHQ News learned late Monday that a letter was sent to Salt Lake City, bringing the total to 8 envelopes. KHQ also learned that preliminary tests of the white substance show that it does not seem to be dangerous, however it is still unclear what the powder is at this point in time. KHQ will keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available.

*This web story was filed by reporter Anthony Gomes.

 

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