Letter with white powder mailed in Okmulgee

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Reported by: Eddie Randle
Updated: 2/26 7:17 pm Published: 2/26 12:28 pm

A letter sent to the Creek Nation headquarters in Okmulgee had a suspicious white powder inside.

FOX23confirmed with officials with the Muscogee Creek Emergency Management that a letter opened by a worker Wednesday morning led to an investigation that lasted more than four hours.

Emergency management officials said workers sorting through the daily mail came across a letter containing a loose, white, powdery substance so they acted fast.

“We took all the proper procedures and precaution and locked the building down,” said Emergency Management Coordinator James Nichols.
He said in the 10 years he’s worked for the Creek Nation this is the first time he’s seen anything like this.

“We wanted to make that what the substance was safe and it turns out it was,” said Nichols.

They called in mutual aid from the Okmulgee Fire Department and the Muskogee Hazardous Materials Unit was also called out.
He said employees were extremely concerned, but they took the right steps and called the right people who were there to assist.

“Making sure they were OK and just kind of calming their nerves until we could get the right personnel in there to check the substance out,” he said.

A hazmat team tested the powder and found out was not hazardous but just to be on the safe side, they took their testing one step further.

“We sent a sample with the FBI to further test and confirm the results that the Muskogee Fire Department got,” said Nichols.
Offices were quarantined but were cleared four hours later.
Nichols told FOX23 they would have taken the same precautions had they found something hazardous.

“If it’s something hazardous the Hazardous Material teams would take care of that. They have their steps as far as decontamination or whatever it might be depending on the substance,” he said.

Nichols said he does not know if the letter had a return address, but the FBI is working on tracing the letter.

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