Topeka Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ ceremonial office and people inside it were quarantined for about two hours after a letter was opened that contained a suspicious powder, officials said Thursday.
Apparently, the powder posed no danger, and the office on the second floor of the Capitol was re-opened around 2 p.m.
Envelopes with suspicious powder have been received by governor’s offices in 12 other states this week. In those instances, the letters contained cornstarch or baby powder.
In Kansas, the letter was opened around noon by an employee. The substance inside the letter has yet to be determined.
Sebelius spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran said initial tests on the substance revealed it was inert and did not pose a threat.
At the time the envelope was received, Sebelius was in her working office, which is not connected to the ceremonial office. The ceremonial office is often used for news conferences and other events. During the incident, Sebelius continued working in her office, Corcoran said.