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HERNANDO, Miss. (FOX13) -

Preliminary tests into a suspicious letter delivered to U.S. Congressman Alan Nunnelee's district's office in Hernando, Miss., showed the letter was not harmful the FBI said late Tuesday afternoon.

Special agents with the FBI, Homeland Security and other law enforcement agencies converged on Congressman Nunnelee's office in Hernando after a suspicious letter was delivered Monday morning.

"I got a call from one of the sheriff's deputies that Congressman Nunnelee's office received a suspicious package and we arrived on scene and called the FBI and the postal inspector," said Hernando Police Chief Mike Riley.  

A clerk at the Republican congressman's office told Chief Riley the letter didn't feel right, had a powdery substance in it and the return address was a Tea Party address.

"There was an outer package and an inner package," Chief Riley said. "She opened the outer package, set it down, and walked out. It came from the Tea Party. It was very lumpy. She got nervous and walked out.

"We just secured the building and had her sit out front," Chief Riley said added. "She wasn't exposed to anything."

The package was tested for radiation before being triple packaged and turned over to the FBI. Luther Berryman saw it unfold and says it took about 2.5 hours. He said he couldn't see much more than a several law enforcement officers. Agents kept onlookers away from the scene.

"Nothing, we didn't see nothing," Berryman said. "They just waved us off."

Neither Congressman Nunnelee's field office in Hernando nor the FBI are commenting on the letter.

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