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Aiken Homeowners Find Powder Substance In Mailboxes

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Two Aiken homeowners found something suspicious inside of their mailboxes on Tuesday. It happened on Washington Circle in Aiken. Aiken Public Safety Officers say the powdered substance is from a fire extinguisher. They say the substance poses no harm or threat to the safety of the people in the area.

Investigators arrived at the scene around 2:30 p.m. and they didn't find out what the substance was until 8:30 p.m.

With the recent mailing of ricin-laced letters to President Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Aiken authorities decided to call SLED and the FBI for help.

"We want to take any precaution to make sure that if it is a harmful substance that we have taken the appropriate precautions for the citizens to keep them safe," says Aiken Public Safety Master Corporal Jeremy Hembree.

We spoke with one of the homeowners who found the substance. She says she has no idea why someone sprayed a fire extinguisher inside of her mailbox.

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