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WASHINGTON — Multiple tests have shown that a suspicious package that prompted the evacuation Thursday of a Navy facility in Arlington, Va., contained no poisonous material, Navy officials said.

The package was discovered in the mailroom of Building 12 at Naval Support Facility Arlington at 10:25 a.m., said a spokeswoman for Naval District Washington. The building was initially evacuated, but after the Arlington County Hazmat Response Team determined the package was not dangerous, employees were allowed to return to work.

Building 12 houses personnel who work in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Naval Support Facility Arlington is located about a mile west of the Pentagon, and across the Potomac River from Washington.

The Arlington County Fire Department responded to the report, along with Naval District Washington police and Navy counterterrorism response units, spokeswoman Chatney Auger said.

Law enforcement and emergency officials in Washington have been on high alert since letters containing ricin, a deadly biological toxin, were sent in recent days to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. A Senate office building was partially evacuated Wednesday after a report of a suspicious package. A Mississippi man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the letters to Obama and Wicker.


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