Police: White powder delivered to Fulton GOP headquarters

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.

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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.

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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.

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