Happening Again! Two People Were Hospitalized In Republican Office Due To White Powder Scare

On Tuesday, two people in Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s Houston office were hospitalized after they were reportedly exposed to a white powder substance.

While the individuals were rushed to the hospital, the visit seems to have been a precautionary move rather than an urgent need as there were no reported injuries.

Associated Press reports Cruz’s spokeswoman, Catherine Frazier, said neither of the two people are staffers of the senator.

Washington Examiner adds that the white powder was tested “negative” for any chemical substances.

From the report:

Two people were rushed to hospital Tuesday following a white powder scare at Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign headquarters in Houston, Texas.

The office was evacuated and a hazmat crew from the Houston Fire Department dispatched after a package addressed to Cruz’s team containing “a white powdery substance” was opened in the building’s lobby.

The Houston Fire Department also reported the incident on social media. In a series of posts, they said the substance tested “negative.”

“Two people were taken to the hospital after apparently being exposed to a white powdery substance in an office building at 3200 SW Fwy,” the fire department said. “The 9th floor of the Phoenix Tower has been evacuated as HFD HazMat is responding to the scene working to determine the nature of the substance.”

And, “The evacuation order has been lifted for the office building at 3200 SW Fwy. All tests were negative for any hazardous substance.”

As the Associated Press also reports, the scare came the same day that law enforcement authorities at the Pentagon found at least two packages which reportedly contained ricin, a deadly white powdery toxin.

Here’s more on the Pentagon scare, via the Washington Examiner:

“On Monday, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon’s remote screening facility. The envelopes were taken by the FBI this morning for further analysis,” said Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman.

“All USPS mail received at the Pentagon mail screening facility yesterday is currently under quarantine and poses no threat to Pentagon personnel,” he added.

One of the envelopes was reportedly address to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the other to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, according to CNN.

Mattis is currently traveling in Europe attending a NATO defense ministerial, which begins tomorrow in Brussels.

According to the report, no one suffered any physical effects due to the exposure.

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