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Troopers: ‘Suspicious’ substance that closed Chesterfield Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is not harmful

Posted at 11:42 AM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 17:30:50-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Authorities said a suspicious substance found at the Chesterfield County Courthouse Wednesday morning is not toxic.

"At 10:19 a.m. Wednesday, Chesterfield County Fire and EMS notified the Virginia State Police of a suspicious substance that had arrived by U.S. Mail at an office within the Chesterfield County Courthouse," a Virginia State Police spokesperson said. "State police have responded to the scene to contain and retrieve the substance for analysis and identification."

Officials later said preliminary testing found the mystery substance had "no toxins or harmful components."

The incident was confined to the clerk's office, according to a Chesterfield Sheriff's Office spokesperson. The Chesterfield Circuit Court Clerk's Office is
closed for the remainder of the day. All other offices and courts remain open.

No injuries were reported.

Troopers said their investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

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