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Utah lawmakers warned of suspicious mailings after powder scare

Posted at 5:53 PM, Jul 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-19 00:40:29-04

SALT LAKE CITY  — Members of the Utah State Legislature are being warned to take caution after a lawmaker received a letter at their home with a powdery substance in it, causing alarm.

In an email to lawmakers on Monday, the House and Senate warned them to exercise caution and report anything suspicious to the Utah Department of Public Safety.

"Always be careful when handling mail coming to your personal address," the email said.

A member of the House of Representatives received a suspicious letter last week with what was described as a powdery substance. The FBI is now investigating it.

Lawmakers have received hostile and sometimes threatening communications in the past, particularly tied to high-profile legislation or controversies. If mail is sent to a lawmaker's Capitol Hill offices, it is already subjected to a screening process.