Capitol building evacuated after suspicious letter received by Governor's Office

Jul 3, 2013

A Helena Fire Department engine is parked outside the Montana Capitol Wednesday afternoon after the building was evacuated.
Credit Dan Boyce

  Law Enforcement and fire officials evacuated the state capitol building Wednesday after a suspicious letter was received, intended for Governor Steve Bullock. The Governor was not in the building at the time. 

The state employee receiving the letter has been quarantined, though there have been no injuries.

Helena Fire Captain Brian Roberts said his Department and the Helena Police Department were called to the Capitol building at about 12:15 PM A mail handler for Governor Steve Bullock’s office had opened an anonymous letter.

“A piece of material that is a piece of cloth and it’s wrapped in some tape. She just felt it was real we said we'd come take a sample of it." said Helena Fire Captain Brian Roberts.

Officers evacuated the entire building and quarantined the mail handler. She is not showing signs of injury. Roberts says those examining the material say an explosive has been ruled out.

“We have no idea who sent the letter to the Governor’s office at this time,” Roberts sad.

Teams from the fire department were continuing to take samples and the Capitol remained evacuated early Wednesday evening.

The investigation into who sent the letter is ongoing too.