Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Federal Bureau of Investigation: Tests on Suspicious Letter Sent to Federal Aviation Administration Office Come Back Negative for Biological Agents of Concern

The scene at the FAA Building in Minneapolis was quiet by 5 p.m. Tuesday with no sign of emergency responders. Earlier, four people were hospitalized after a letter that contained a suspicious substance was found, an FAA statement said.

Preliminary tests did not reveal any “biological agents of concern” inside a letter that prompted Tuesday’s evacuation at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Minneapolis office, according to the FBI.

Michael Kuhlstad, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Minneapolis, said Wednesday that state health department technicians were conducting additional tests “out of an abundance of caution.” But it is still unclear what was in the letter, which also led to the precautionary hospitalization of four people.

Hennepin County Medical Center did not immediately respond to an inquiry for further information on those individuals.

In an earlier statement, the Federal Aviation Administration said that the office, at 6020 28th Av. S., houses employees involved in aircraft certification, security, pilot licensure and regulatory compliance, as well as airline and airport regulatory compliance. Air traffic control functions are not located at the building and were not affected, the FAA said.

On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration referred all questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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