The U.S. Capitol Rotunda was cleared of tourists and others on Friday morning following the discovery of a powdery substance on the floor that was later determined to be candy.
“We determined [the] substance was nothing hazardous,” said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol police. “Candy from a candy necklace.”
The event follows a week in which district and home-state offices of members of Congress have been receiving threatening letters containing a powdery substance. In instances that have been made public, authorities have determined in each case that the powder was either corn starch or a harmless mixture of corn starch and some other ingredient.