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FBI: Powder sent to Handel’s neighborhood poses no threat

Letters that contained suspicious white powder and were sent to then-6th Congressional District candidate Karen Handel’s Roswell neighborhood are safe, according to the FBI.

“Final Georgia Department of Public Health Laboratory results are in on all submitted letters/suspicious powder, indicating negative for any known biological threat agent,” Stephen Emmett, a spokesman for the bureau’s Atlanta field office, said Friday in a statement. 

RELATED: Powder in letters sent to Handel’s neighborhood believed to be non-hazardous

The FBI previously said the letters were not hazardous. However, they wanted to conduct additional testing to confirm the powder, sent in more than a dozen letters on June 15, did not pose any kind of threat.

Similar packages were sent to some Atlanta news stations.

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The letters contained a threatening note calling Handel a “dirty fascist” and encouraging readers to take a “whiff of the powder and join her in the hospital,” according to a copy of the letter a neighbor provided to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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The letters arrived one day after a gunman opened fire on members of the Republican congressional baseball team in Alexandria, Va., an attack investigators believe was politically motivated.

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At the time, Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff were in the final stretch of a tense congressional race. Handel on Tuesday defeated Ossoff in the most expensive U.S. House contest in history.

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—Staff writer J.D. Capelouto contributed to this story.

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Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel face-off for the hotly contested 6th District seat, and the eyes of Georgia and the nation will be watching.

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