Police deem suspicious envelope at Martinsville Commonwealth's Attorney's office non-toxic

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) Police are investigating a suspicious envelope opened Thursday at the Martinsville Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.

Martinsville Police Chief Sean Dunn says the powder found in the envelope yesterday was not a toxic substance.

The envelope released a cloud of dust when an employee opened it around 11:20 a.m., according to the Martinsville Police Chief. Police removed employees from the office and shut off the HVAC system to that area while officers from Virginia State Police and Martinsville Police investigate.

Investigators collected samples to be analyzed. No one has reported any injuries or symptoms of illness. The Commonwealth's Attorney's office will remain closed until the analysis of the substance is complete.

Other areas of the Martinsville Municipal Building, where the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office is housed, are unaffected.

The Martinsville Police Department, Martinsville Fire Department and the Martinsville Sheriff's Office were contacted.

This case is under investigation by the Martinsville Police Department and the Virginia State Police.

If you have any information about this case, you can contact Sgt. Sandy Hines of the Martinsville Police Department at 276-403-5335 or Crimestoppers at 276-632-7463.