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Posted at 4:44 PM ET, 02/23/2010

White powder found at Verizon building

By Washington Post editors

Montgomery County fire and rescue officials investigating a white powder found in an envelope sent to a Verizon office on the 13100 block of Columbia Pike in Silver Spring.

Capt. Oscar Garcia said late Tuesday afternoon that a Verizon employee in the mailroom apparently opened the envelope, which contained an unknown powder and then complained to a supervisor that it irritated her nasal passages. She is being treated and a second person, the woman's supervisor, is under observation but their conditions are not life-threatening, Garcia said.

Other employees were moved to a separate wing of the building, Garcia said. A hazardous materials team is on site investigating the powder.

By Washington Post editors  | February 23, 2010; 4:44 PM ET
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