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Motor Vehicle Department closed in Helena after white powder discovered

Posted at 12:48 PM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-11 10:00:54-05

HELENA – The Lewis and Clark County Motor Vehicle Department was closed Thursday “until further notice” after an envelope was received containing a white powder.

Lewis and Clark County spokeswoman Jeni Garcin said a hazmat team was called in to handle the substance found Wednesday at the office in Helena’s City-County building. The powder is currently at the Montana State Health Lab for testing.

“Until we have the results of what the substance is, out of an abundance of caution to protect staff and customers we have closed the offices,” Garcin said in a news release.

Garcin said results from the test are expected to be done by Thursday afternoon. The office reopened at around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

-Jacob Fuhrer reporting for MTN News