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Forsyth County hazmat team responds to suspicious substance in Johns Creek
Unrelated to powder sent to 6th Congressional District candidate Karen Handel
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A Forsyth County hazardous materials team responded to a call for mutual aid form the Johns Creek Fire Department for an unknown white substance found in a home Thursday night but found it to be “safe and benign.”

“Our hazardous materials team responded and assisted them with safely securing the substance and identifying it,” Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers said.

Shivers said Forsyth responders stayed on the scene until early Friday morning and that the FBI also responded.

Forsyth was asked to assist because they have a hazardous materials team and Johns Creek does not.

“All we did was provide a level 1 hazardous materials team … to assist with approaching it as a hazardous materials incident, which was the appropriate response to take when you have an unidentified substance like that,” Shivers said. “Safety and approaching the unknown as worst-case scenario is how we handle those.”

The incident occurred on the same day that Karen Handel, former Georgia Secretary of State and the Republican candidate vying to fill Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District seat, received a package containing “threatening letters and a suspicious substance.”

Shivers said responders were aware of the other incident but that it did not affect the county’s response procedures. Shivers deferred further comment to law enforcement.

In social media post, Handel said the “disturbing incident” was still under investigation, apologized to neighbors for their street being closed due to the investigation and thanked responders from Roswell, Alpharetta and the FBI.

“Today, several of our neighbors and friends were threatened,” Handel wrote on Tuesday. “[Husband Steve Handel] and I were, as well. Additionally, dozens of police, fire and other agents were required to spend their time and resources in response to this threat.”