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Hart Senate office building reopened after suspicious substance tested negative
Officials were looking into a suspicious package in the Hart building. They also looked into suspicious envelopes in the Russell building and questioned an individual in that matter, the spokesman said.
On Tuesday U.S. authorities intercepted a letter sent to U.S. Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi that preliminary tests showed contained the deadly poison ricin.
The facility is remote and not located near the White House itself, spokesman Edwin Donovan said in a statement.
City Hall and surrounding buildings were evacuated while police inspected a U-Haul van parked outside the government buildings. Police said the van had been stolen and that it was reported as unattended by a nervous citizen.
Officials said they are always vigilant for any potential threat, but nerves are on edge following the bombs in Boston at the marathon finish line on Monday that killed three people and injured 176 others.
"People are very sensitive right now because of the Boston bombing," said Oklahoma City Police spokeswoman, Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow.
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