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White powder sent to Lewis and Clark County Motor Vehicle Department found not to be dangerous

Posted at 1:19 PM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 20:10:01-05


(UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.) The Lewis and Clark County Motor Vehicle Department will reopen at 1:30 p.m. Thursday after a white powder found in an envelope Wednesday was determined not to be dangerous.

Jeni Garcin, a spokesperson for the county, said test results from the state health lab do not definitively show what the substance is, but they have confirmed it was not hazardous.

(1st Report, 9:41 a.m.) The Lewis and Clark County Motor Vehicle Department is closed Thursday “until further notice” after an envelope was received containing a white powder on Wednesday.

Lewis and Clark County spokeswoman Jeni Garcin said a hazmat team was called in to handle the substance found at the office in Helena’s City-County building. The powder is currently at the Montana State Health Lab for testing.

“Until we have the results of what the substance is, out of an abundance of caution to protect staff and customers, we have closed the offices,” Garcin said in a news release.

Garcin said results from the test are expected to be done by Thursday afternoon.

We will update you when we get more information.