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Downtown Sacramento government building evacuated after anthrax scare

Officials later determined the substance was not anthrax.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) — A downtown Sacramento, California, state government building housing offices and meeting space was evacuated Thursday afternoon after suspected anthrax was found, officials said.

A specialist team tested the substance, which was labeled as anthrax, and determined it was neither anthrax nor dangerous, the governor’s office said in a statement. Officials later that afternoon gave the all-clear and people were allowed to return to the building.

“We thank our first responders, including the California Highway Patrol, the Sacramento Fire Department and the California Office of Emergency Services for the quick response,” the governor’s office said.

The mail room initially intercepted the suspicious package.

The building, at 1021 O St., is referred to as the O Street building and the swing space. The 10-story building is two blocks from the State Capitol. Parking garages, businesses and residences are nearby in the dense, downtown area.

The swing space is being used temporarily by elected legislative and executive officials during the Capitol annex’s renovation. Once that construction is complete, it’ll be used by legislative and executive staff.

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