Suspicious envelope found in Capitol Square sent to state lab for testing

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A suspicious envelope found on the grounds of Capitol Square early Monday morning will be sent to the state lab for testing, a Capitol Police Spokesperson said.

Shortly after 6 a.m., a Capitol Police officer found an envelope at the base of the Civil Rights Memorial in the northeast corner of the park. The Richmond Police Explosive Ordnance Detection (EOD) and the Richmond Fire Hazmat units were called to assist Capitol Police. 

An examination of the package by the EOD determined it was “unlikely” there were explosives in the envelope, but as a precautionary measure, police decided to have the envelope sent to the state lab for testing. 

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of those who work, live and visit here,” said Col. Anthony S. Pike, the Capitol Police chief, “so we want to let those at the state lab take a closer look so we can be absolutely certain.”

No injuries were reported. It was not immediately clear how long the tests would take.

Capitol Square remained open, although visitors were directed around the area where authorities were working.

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