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Congressman Richard Hudson’s office in Concord emptied because of envelope with white powder

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

U.S. Congressman Richard Hudson’s office in Concord was evacuated Tuesday morning after someone sent a letter that contained a white powder.

An initial test indicated the powder was “was nothing of concern,” a city spokesman said.

Police and the fire department’s hazardous materials team responded to the office on McGill Avenue NW. No one was injured, but city officials have not said whether the letter contained a threat.

“There was some writing,” said Peter Franzese, a spokesman for the city of Concord. “What I’ve got from the police is there is some sort of letter or writing in there, but I don’t have information about what it says.”

Concord Police are investigating the incident, and the U.S. Capitol Police are assisting in the probe.

Hudson, a Republican, was elected to Congress last year. He represents a part of North Carolina that spans from Charlotte to Lumberton.

A week after the Sept. 11 attacks, letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to the offices of two Democratic U.S. Senators and a handful of media outlets. Some of the letters with the spores contained a milky white liquid or powder. Five people were killed and 17 were injured.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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