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Alabama AG's office evacuation linked to toothpaste

U.S. Postal inspectors in hazardous waste suits scrub down an employee outside the building that houses the Alabama Attorney General after a suspicious letter containing an unknown powder was delivered to the Alabama AG's office in Montgomery, AL.AP photo U.S. Postal inspectors in hazardous waste suits scrub down an employee outside the building that houses the Alabama Attorney General after a suspicious letter containing an unknown powder was delivered to the Alabama AG's office in Montgomery, AL.AP photo

MONTGOMERY, AL(AP) - A county sheriff says a suspicious substance that caused an evacuation of the state attorney general's office in Montgomery turned out to be dried toothpaste.

Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman told the Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/16ZQGOz) that an inmate at the Dallas County Jail used toothpaste to seal a previously used envelope and then sent the envelope to the attorney general's office. The envelope contained a letter complaining about the jail.

The sheriff says the toothpaste had dried and turned into powder. The attorney general's office in downtown Montgomery was evacuated Aug. 14 after the white powdery substance was discovered.

Two tests of the substance determined it was harmless, and the attorney general and his staff returned to work.

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