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Suspicious envelope closes Mormon temple

November 13, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
No hazardous material has been found, and the substance in the envelope has been found to be non-toxic and non-threatening, according to FBI Spokesperson Laura Eimiller. The hazardous-materials team will continue testing, but the FBI has concluded there is no danger from the substance.

The Los Angeles Mormon Temple in Westwood, which was the target of recent protests by opponents of Proposition 8, was closed because temple employees received an envelope filled with an unidentified white powdery substance, according to a spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Spokesman Ronald Smith said a similar envelope was delivered this afternoon to the Salt Lake City Mormon temple.

The L.A. Mormon Temple was voluntarily closed. Employees were evacuated as a precaution.

The incident was treated as a potential hazardous-materials situation. The FBI was on the scene and a hazardous-materials team inspected the envelope in what was described as a routine field test.

The L.A. City Fire Dept. was also on scene Thursday evening. LAPD officers were also part of the investigation.

There have been no reports of injuries.

An concurrent investigation is under way in Salt Lake City.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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