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Substance mailed to 'Dancing With the Stars' set was talcum powder

November 20, 2010 |  8:16 am


The FBI and Los Angeles Police Department on Saturday continued to investigate who sent a white powdery substance to the set of "Dancing With the Stars," causing the studio to be evacauted Friday.

ABC released a statement saying the substance turned out to be harmless.

"An envelope containing an unknown substance was delivered to the 'Dancing With the Stars' production office on Friday evening," the statement read. "Security and the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department were immediately notified.  Measures were taken to secure the area and ensure the safety of personnel.  Ultimately we were advised by the LAFD that the substance was determined to be talcum powder."

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said the envelope was opened by mail room 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. 


-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Bristol Palin on "Dances with the Stars". ABC