Building evacuated after suspicious envelope sent to Blackburn’s office

Building evacuated after suspicious envelope sent to Blackburn’s office

Nicole June Reporting

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Offices within Regions Bank on N. 2nd Street were evacuated Monday, Oct. 7.

According to Clarksville Police Department spokesperson Officer Natalie Hall, a ‘suspicious envelope’ was delivered to the office of Rep. Marsha Blackburn. The contents and address of the envelope have not been confirmed.

Hall said a Hazmat team was on the scene around 11:12 a.m., and the envelope was sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to be examined. It was opened by the State Health lab and found to be empty. Further testing delivered negative results. Blackburn’s staff was notified that they could return to the office. Any ongoing investigations will be completed by the FBI.

No injuries have been reported.

Ashley Elizabeth Graham, spokesperson for Blackburn, released the following statement regarding the incident:

“Today the Clarksville Federal District Office was evacuated after a concerned staff member encountered a suspicious package. The package in question is on its way for testing. We are following guidance from all local and federal law enforcement and the Clarksville Office will remain closed until given the all clear.

These are divisive times. While every citizen is entitled to their opinion and their first amendment right to voice their concerns, they are not afforded the right to disruption and personal harm. However hot the rhetoric, there should never be a reason to resort to a threat of violence as a means to convey your concerns.”

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