Crews responding to a suspicious letter at U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Nashville office decontaminated one person who came in contact with the letter and have sent it to the state lab to be analyzed further.
The FBI, along with Metro police and fire crews, responded to a call of a suspicious package around 2 p.m. Thursday at 3322 West End Ave., the building that houses Capitol Records and the local offices of Alexander and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.
Fire department Deputy Chief Kim Lawson said crews responded to Alexander’s office, isolated the letter and decontaminated a woman who worked in the office. Lawson said there have been no reports of illness associated with the letter so far.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that several members of Congress had received “threatening letters containing a suspicious powdery substance,” which turned out to be harmless.
Reuters, citing an unnamed “U.S. law enforcement official,” also reported Wednesday evening that TV personalities Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert received letters stating that all 100 U.S. senators would receive letters, 10 of which “would contain a deadly pathogen.”