POCATELLO -- Pocatello police and firefighters were restricting access in or out of the Omni Building Wednesday morning based on a report of a "possible suspicious" letter sent to Sen. Jim Risch's office.

The Idaho Republican's office was among a few recipients of letters with similar senders or envelopes received throughout the state that the Idaho Office of Emergency Management deemed to be potentially suspicious, said Kim Stouse, a spokeswoman for the Pocatello Fire Department.

Stouse had no information available regarding why the Office of Emergency Management was concerned about the letters but said the similar letters received elsewhere in the state were determined to be "nothing."

Nonetheless, a hazardous materials team was requested and sent to the Omni Building, 275 S. Fifth Ave., at about 9 a.m. At about 10 a.m., Stouse said a team member was preparing to make entry into the building to recover the letter.

"It's probably nothing but better safe than sorry," Stouse said.

Stouse said the FBI is investigating.

Idaho State Journal

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