- Mitchell Northam The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A letter containing a white powdery substance was delivered to the Fulton County Republican headquarters in Sandy Springs on Wednesday.
After testing, Atlanta police learned that the substance was Arm & Hammer baking soda.
Trey Kelly, chairman for the Fulton GOP, picked up a pile of mail from the headquarters in Sandy Springs around 12: 30 p.m. on Wednesday, police said. He then drove to his home on N. Stratford Road NE in Buckhead.
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Police said when he picked up the mail again, he felt a noticeable powdery substance inside a letter from Greenville, South Carolina. Kelly left the mail on the passenger seat in his car and called police who then secured the scene.
Neighbors were told to remain indoors until it was safe, while Atlanta fire and hazmat teams responded. Homeland Security also arrived and completed an on-scene investigation.
Kelly did not experience any health problems, police said, and officials determined the powder substance was only baking soda and therefore was non-hazardous.
This incident comes just a week after letters with a white powder were sent to homes in Congresswoman-elect Karen Handel’s Roswell neighborhood. Similar packages were sent to some Atlanta-based news stations as well.