Federal Courthouse Shutdown Amid Investigation

UPDATE: Officials with the Jackson Fire Department said they received a phone call about a suspicious envelope at the Federal Courthouse around 2:30 Tuesday Afternoon. Investigators said the envelope was found in the mail room and contained an unknown white substance.

The Federal Courthouse was put on lock down while crews with from the Hazmat Unit entered into the building with a test kit commonly used to test for harmful substances such as Anthrax.

F.B.I officials confirmed that the kit tested positive and the substance found was determined not to be dangerous. Police said the building was cleared and reopened around 4 p.m. F.B.I officials told 7 Eyewitness News that their investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE: Some emergency crews are beginning to clear the scene. Sources tell 7 Eyewitness News the substance found was determined not to be dangerous, but officials have yet to confirm that information.

JACKSON, Tenn. - Authorities have shut down the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Jackson, Tuesday afternoon.

Police and first responders were called to the scene around 2:30 p.m.

Initial reports indicated a suspicious white powder was found in the building, but those reports have yet to be confirmed.

The F.B.I. is leading the investigation but is not releasing information on the case at this time.

7 Eyewitness News crews on the scene indicated men in Hazmat suits were seen walking into the building.

We will update this story with additional details as they become available.


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