April 14, 2009

Tea mistaken for hazardous

Tea bags mailed as tax protests to government officials in Colorado, New Hampshire and California have been mistaken for hazardous materials.

The office of U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., in Boulder said emergency responders were called after a lumpy white envelope with no return address arrived in the mail, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.

The Boulder County Hazardous Materials Response Team said the package was found to contain a tea bag and a note reading: We the People, 1773.

Meanwhile, the office of Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in Manchester, N.H., said a hazmat team was called after employees discovered an envelope labeled tax protest filled with tea leaves.

In California, the office of U.S. Rep. George Radanovich, R-Calif., in Modesto, Calif., was evacuated after an intern found an envelope filled with with a granular substance that was later confirmed as tea.

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