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'White Powder' Incident At Palm Beach State Attorney's Office

WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami) – Four people were taken to the hospital after a 'white powder' incident at the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office.

According to police spokesman Chase Scott, they were called around 9 a.m. after an envelope in the mailroom was found to have white powder in it. Three people who were working in the room opening and sorting mail complained of headaches after the envelope was opened. Other workers in the room didn't complain of any problems.

The three people who were exposed to the powder, two women and a man, were decontaminated at the scene and taken to an area hospital to be checked out. Scott said a fire rescue worker was also taken to the hospital for a possible 'cardiac issue', according to the Palm Beach Post.

Fire rescue workers evacuated the first floor of the building where the mail room is located. The also evacuated the second floor because it is connected to the first floor via the air ducts.

An initial test on the substance was inconclusive. It's was handed over to the FBI for analysis and their results could be available in the next day or two according to Scott.

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