Government workers in SLC evacuated; haz-mat team finds nothing harmful

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SALT LAKE CITY — Workers in a government building in Salt Lake City were evacuated Thursday after an election worker found a suspicious ballot envelope.

According to the Unified Police Department, it happened around noon in the south building of the government center at 2100 S State St.

Detective Jared Richardson, UPD, told FOX 13 the election worker was processing mail-in ballots and found one that appeared to have a powder-like substance inside. About 30 people working in the same room were evacuated and kept isolated as investigators from the Salt Lake City Fire Department and the Salt Lake County Health Department examined the envelope. The lower level of the building’s parking garage was also evacuated, police said.

Investigators were unable to find any powder, so all of the workers have been allowed back inside the building.