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Emergency crews respond to the scene of a suspicious substance in north Aurora on the morning of March 4, 2014.

DENVER — The FBI responded to a report from the Post Office about a white powdery substance found in north Aurora Tuesday morning.

Aurora Police confirmed that around 7 a.m., they received a report from the Post Office about a suspicious white substance near the area of East 19th Avenue and North Victor Street, which is near Children’s Hospital’s main Colorado Campus.

The Aurora Fire Department also confirmed the incident Tuesday morning, and said the FBI was responding to the reports.

Police could not confirm who discovered the white substance, which was reportedly found inside an envelope. But they did say that after a time, it was determined by fire crews that the substance was likely not hazardous and crews were getting ready to clear the scene around 8 a.m.

Later in the day, FBI spokesperson Dave Joly said three envelopes containing the substance were recovered over the course of the morning — one of which was sent to the Denver Police Department, one to the Aurora Police Department and one was returned to sender. Though the white powder in the letters was deemed non-harmful, both the Denver and Aurora police department were being considered victims in the case.

There was no word on whether there was a message inside the envelopes, or whether the FBI had named a suspect.

Joly said the letters entered the postal system after business hours on Monday, and were discovered Tuesday morning. As of Tuesday afternoon, the FBI believed there was no further risk to the public.


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