Suspicious White Powder Found Outside State House Is Harmless Corn Starch

An entrance to the state house was closed by authorities Thursday afternoon as they investigated a suspicious package found nearby.

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The Boston Herald’s Matt Stout reports that a state police spokesperson confirmed that the call was related to a balloon filled with white powder outside of the state house.

“[It is] unclear what [the] powder is or if [it’s] hazardous,” he wrote.

The Boston Globe later reported that the substance was later identified as corn starch, though why it was in a balloon outside of the State House remains anybody’s guess.