ST. JOHNSBURY — A large box delivered to the St. Johnsbury office of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders Tuesday afternoon led to a building evacuation and restricted access to the area until it was determined there was no threat from an unknown substance found inside.

Fed Ex delivered the box that caused the serious response. It was addressed to Sheila Reed at Sanders’ Western Avenue office. Reed is the senator/presidential candidate’s outreach representative in the area. She took possession of the box, realizing immediately that it felt empty. She opened it and saw only packing material and a residue on the inside of the box that appeared white and powdery. She then called 9-1-1 and the public safety response followed about 2:20 p.m.

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