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Peralta’s Office Evacuated After Receiving Letter with Powder Inside, Incident Proves to be False Alarm

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Oct. 30, 2018 By Tara Law

State Senator Jose Peralta’s office was evacuated Monday afternoon after an envelope containing a gray powder was delivered by mail.

Peralta’s 32-37 Junction Blvd. office was evacuated at around 4 p.m., but the powder later proved not to be dangerous, according to Christopher Sosa, a spokesperson for Peralta. 

The power was not the result of a malicious act. Instead, it is likely to have been fluid that leaked from a mail machine that dried into a powdery substance.

Sosa said that the powder had formed “during routine mail handling.”

The letter was addressed to State Senator Michael Gianaris, and had apparently been inscribed with the wrong address.

The letter was brought to the desk of Peralta’s chief of staff, who partially opened the envelope and discovered the powder. The office employees put the letter inside the plastic envelope and then notified the police. 

The police searched the premises and did not find any signs of danger in the office. Peralta’s office reopened today.

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