Hilary Clinton campaign headquarters in New York was evacuated after a white powder was found in an envelope, police sources informed the media.
The suspicious material was discovered when two interns opened an envelope that was delivered to the presidential nominee’s office in Manhattan. The interns then brought it to the Clinton Campaign’s headquarters in Brooklyn, said Thomas Antonetti, a lieutenant with the New York Police Department.
Police was subsequently informed and the floor was evacuated fearing danger from the white substance present in the envelope.
Glen Caplin, a Clinton campaign spokesman, said the two interns and two other individuals involved in handling the envelope “have reported no health issues and, following a full examination by medical personnel, were each released to go home.”
Mr Caplin said federal and local officials testing the substance had revealed it “to be non-hazardous” as per the investigation.
“Our office remained open throughout this period and will remain open without interruption” on Saturday, Caplin said.
Members of the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit, along with the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Environmental Protection, countered and determined after preliminary testing that the substance was non-hazardous.
“The four individuals involved have reported no health issues and, following a full examination by medical personnel, were each released to go home,” Clinton campaign staffer Glen Caplin said in a statement.
It seems like a plot to divert the attention of the campaigners and interns who are putting up their sweat and blood for the presidential elections. After the incident’s investigation the substance was found to be non-fatal and hazardous but still there is no clarity how the envelope came into the office.
The NYPD is investigating the incident, as are the US Secret Service and the Office of Emergency Management.
Mrs Clinton was campaigning in Ohio when the incident occurred.