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Talcum powder sparks scare at 'Dancing with the Stars' studio

By the CNN Wire Staff
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas are among the finalists this season on "Dancing With The Stars."
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas are among the finalists this season on "Dancing With The Stars."
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A field screening of the white powder does not detect hazardous substances
  • An FBI spokeswoman says the investigation continues
  • ABC says the area was secured to ensure the safety of employees

Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- A threatening letter with white powder inside caused a scare at the "Dancing With The Stars" production office, authorities said.

Security and city authorities were immediately notified after the letter arrived Friday evening, ABC spokeswoman Amy Astley said in a statement.

Investigators later advised ABC that the substance inside was talcum powder, Astley said.

"Measures were taken to secure the area and ensure the safety of personnel," she said.

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A field screening by FBI and Los Angeles Police did not detect hazardous substances at the show's CBS Studios site, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a statement.

The letter will be tested further at a regional laboratory as authorities' investigation continues, Eimiller said.

CNN's Brittany Kaplan contributed to this report.

 
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