Harris County tax office evacuated after threat

- Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan has released the following statement related to the evacuation of the tax office call center:

At 11 a.m., today, December 18, 2016, the Tax Assessor-Collector's Office employee discovered mail with an unknown white powder on the second floor of the Harris County Administration Building at 1001 Preston Street. My team notified local law enforcement and the second floor of our building was evacuated. Upon investigation by local law enforcement officials and hazardous materials specialists, the white powder was determined to be talcum powder. Since a threat no longer existed, employees and customers were let back inside the building at 12:30 p.m. Our call center, which handles property tax, auto and voter registration inquires, was offline for approximately one hour. The safety and well-being of employees and customers are my utmost concern.

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