White Powder found at Clinton headquarters causes raucous but nonhazardous

By Bonnie K. Goodman

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 22: Hillary Clinton campaigns for President of the United States at University of Pennsylvania on October 22, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 22: Hillary Clinton campaigns for President of the United States at University of Pennsylvania on October 22, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign offices in midtown Manhattan and her headquarters in Brooklyn received quite a scare on Friday afternoon, Oct. 21, 2016, when an envelope with powder arrived. The envelope first arrived in the Manhattan office before being transferred to the Brooklyn headquarters. The offices were evacuated but the police tested the substance, and it is “non-hazardous.” The New York Post first reported the incident.

Police are uncertain why by the letter was first delivered to the Manhattan office opened and then sent over to headquarters where the building’s 11th floor was evacuated during the evening. The headquarters other floor remained opened and operational.

Clinton staffer Glen Caplin issued a statement saying, “The four individuals involved have reported no health issues and, following a full examination by medical personnel, were each released to go home. Our office remained open throughout this period and will remain open without interruption tomorrow morning.”

The New York Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service and the Office of Emergency Management are all investigating the incident. The powdered letter is the second time an attempt of terrorism has occurred at a campaign office. Last Sunday, Oct. 16, the North Carolina Republican National Committee office was firebombed and ransacked. Later in the week upon visiting the scene GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence called it an act of “political terrorism.”

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