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Official: No suspicious packages, letters located at Washington mail facility

By CNN Staff
updated 5:32 PM EDT, Tue April 23, 2013
  • The FBI has taken samples from the mail facility at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
  • Authorities now say there was no suspicious package or letter
  • Mail screening equipment initially indicated there was a hazardous substance, an official says

(CNN) -- Despite a report Tuesday of possible hazardous materials at a mail facility at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in the nation's capital, no suspicious packages or letters were located, a Defense Intelligence Agency spokesman said

The agency's mail-screening equipment alerted officials to the possible presence of a hazardous substance. Preliminary tests indicated it was a possible biotoxin, officials said earlier.

But after an on-scene investigation, it was determined there was no threat, Lt. Col. Thomas F. Veale, an agency spokesman, said.

The FBI has taken samples and will conduct further testing, he said.

CNN's Carol Cratty and Greg Seaby contributed to this report.