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Montana Capitol evacuated over package

By The Associated Press
Published On: Jul 03 2013 02:55:40 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 03 2013 03:56:45 PM MDT
Helena Capitol Summer
HELENA, Mont. -

The Montana Capitol has been evacuated because of a suspicious package sent to the governor's office.

Fire trucks were parked in front of the building Wednesday, and security officers guided employees outside.

Helena police and Capitol security told state workers to leave for the rest of the day. It's not immediately clear how many people were inside the building.

Capt. Brian Roberts of the Helena Fire Department says Gov. Steve Bullock's letter handler opened a package that contained a piece of cloth wrapped in tape.

Authorities have quarantined the letter handler while they test the package for illicit substances.

Roberts says there were no explosives inside.

The Capitol houses the governor's office, the secretary of state and legislative staffers.

The Legislature is not in session.