Suspicious ‘white powder’ found at federal building in Hartford

HARTFORD --Officials said three people were quarantined when a suspicious white substance was found in an envelope inside a federal office building.

The Hartford Police Department says they first got a call about the substance around 1 p.m. Thursday from the William Cotter Federal Office Building  on 135 High Street in Hartford. Officials said the substance was found inside an envelope in the building's mail room on the first floor.

High Street was closed in the area of the building and those inside the mailroom at the time were quarantined, although no injuries have been reported.

Samples of the substance are currently being evaluated.

The building houses offices for the IRS, Social Security and other federal agencies. It was formerly the downtown Post Office.