BOSTON (CBS) – Suspicious letters were delivered to the Boston offices of Attorney General Martha Coakley and Sen. Scott Brown on Tuesday morning.

Boston fire and police officials, along with the State Police and hazardous materials crews, first responded to Coakley’s office at Ashburton Place to investigate a substance that was sent to the 20th floor.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jim Smith reports.

Coakley’s office released a statement regarding the letter:

“This morning, our office received through standard mail a letter that contained a white, powdery substance. Boston Police, Boston Fire, and Massachusetts State Police were immediately notified and are investigating the matter. Initial field tests have been conducted and the results do not indicate that the substance poses a risk. In an abundance of caution, additional testing will be conducted.”

Just after 12:30 p.m., Boston firefighters were called to the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in Government Center for another report of a “powder substance” on the 24th floor. Officials later cleared the scene and left with two pieces of an unknown material.

Fire officials said their meters at both scenes indicated no readings from the powder. Both substances were taken to a state lab for further testing.

No other details were released.


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