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Congress / CONGRESS

Alarming Powder in Rotunda Found to Be Candy

photo of Billy House
February 24, 2012

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.

 

 

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