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Mystery substance sent to US Consulate in China

US officials say an envelope containing an unidentified substance was sent to the U.S. Consulate General in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, disrupting operations at the diplomatic building.

world Updated: May 14, 2013 18:21 IST

US officials say an envelope containing an unidentified substance was sent to the US Consulate General in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, disrupting operations at the diplomatic building.

Deputy spokesman Justin Higgins at the US Embassy in Beijing says the envelope was opened Monday in an office where visa interviews are conducted. Higgins says interviews scheduled for Tuesday have been cancelled while an investigation is carried out.

He says no one was injured and that precautionary measures have been taken for employees present when the substance was discovered. He would not describe the substance, which he says has yet to be identified.

The website of Guangzhou's Yangcheng Evening News reported that the substance was a powder and that it had sprinkled onto an employee's clothes.