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FBI: Initial test results show no harmful substances in letter

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Officers in hazmat suits walked into the federal courthouse in Augusta and surrounded the Justice Center Friday afternoon to investigate a suspicious letter.

It was a frightening scene for people such as Dennis King who was across the street from the courthouse.

"It is scary, very scary," said King.

He says while he watched the investigation at the courthouse his thoughts turned to the events that unfolded in Boston this week.

"I don't want to feel the hurt and the pain that went on in Boston," he said.

Hazmat crews tested the letter that was sent from an inmate to the courthouse.

According to the initial test results, the letter didn't contain any harmful substances.

FBI officials have sent the letter to a lab for further testing.

"It's real scary, I'll be happy when it's over with. I hope it comes to some kind of good ending," said Willie Flug who was also across the street from the courthouse.

The suspicious letter scare comes during the same week as the Boston Marathon bombing and just a few days after letters containing ricin, a potentially lethal poison, were sent to the President and a senator.

King said, "I'm basically concerned about the people especially with what's going on now. We have to keep our eye out for somebody that we don't even know."

FBI officials say there were no written threats in the letter sent to Augusta's federal courthouse.

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