According to reports, a Hazmat team has responded to a white powder-filled envelope that was sent to Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
The Weekly Standard reported that the hazardous materials response team was dispatched to Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s campaign office in Houston on Tuesday morning. The campaign confirmed the news.
Multiple fire trucks and at least one hazmat truck were spotted on the scene after the letter was opened by campaign staff. The Houston Fire Department tweeted that people were taken to the hospital after being exposed to the substance.
This news comes shortly after it broke that at least two packages delivered to the Pentagon mail facility has initially tested positive for a highly toxic compound.
Ricin is a highly toxic compound that is extracted from castor beans. It has been used in terror plots.
The package arrived in a remote mail facility. The building is on the grounds of the Pentagon, but the piece of mail never entered the Pentagon building.
The FBI and the Pentagon Force Protection agency are responding and further testing is expected to be done by the FBI, the officials said.
This is a breaking news story. More details are expected to be released.