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CBS lot evacuated after threatening letter to ‘Dancing With the Stars’

November 19, 2010 |  9:51 pm

The FBI is investigating a letter containing white powder that was received at CBS Studios in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said an initial screening indicates the substance was not hazardous, but the letter will be taken to a regional lab for further testing.

Eimiller said the envelope was opened by mailroom staff and also contained a threatening letter. She would not comment as to whom the letter was addressed.

Hazardous-materials officials with the city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles police, firefighters and the FBI responded to the studios at 4:50 p.m., according to Los Angeles police spokesman Bruce Borihanh. He said authorities were clearing the scene shortly before 9 p.m.

KCAL-TV Channel 9 reported that the letter was found in the mailroom for the ABC show “Dancing With the Stars,” which is staged on the CBS lot. The celebrity website TMZ.com reported the letter was addressed to Bristol Palin, who has been competing on the show.

Late Friday, ABC spokeswoman Amy Astley released a statement confirming that the envelope was delivered to the show's production office on the CBS Studios lot.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

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