Suspicious envelopes sent to Senator Jeff Flake's Phoenix office

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Suspicious envelopes sent to Senator Jeff Flake's Phoenix office

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PHOENIX -- Two suspicious envelopes were sent to U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake's Phoenix office Wednesday morning.

Flake is currently in Washington, D.C.

The Phoenix police and fire departments were called to the scene near 22nd Street and Camelback Road at about 9:20 a.m.

Capt. Jonathan Jacobs with the Phoenix Fire Department said the envelopes reportedly contained a suspicious powder, however, police have not confirmed that. The envelopes will undergo testing to determine the substance.

The first floor of the building was evacuated. Authorities isolated the room where the envelopes are and Jacobs said there is no immediate hazard to anyone in the vicinity.

One person was transported to a local hospital due to a pre-existing condition.

Letters containing a suspicious substance were sent to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., this week. The FBI said the substance in both letters has preliminarily tested positive for ricin, a potentially fatal poison.

FBI officials said the letters are related and both are postmarked out of Memphis, Tenn., dated April 8.

Several other reports of suspicious mail sent to government officials were being checked.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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