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Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 4:08 pm | Updated: 10:21 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

 A mysterious “blue powdery substance” sent emergency crews rushing to Ahwatukee Foothills about 3:30 p.m. today after a resident opened a letter and got the powder on his hands.

VIDEO: Phoenix Police and Fire departments check out a suspicious substance

A mysterious “blue powdery substance” sent emergency crews rushing to Ahwatukee Foothills about 3:30 p.m. today after a resident opened a letter and got the powder on his hands.

VIDEO: Phoenix Police and Fire departments check out a suspicious substance

Sgt. Frank Matsko, a Phoenix police spokesman, said the resident received the letter in the mail from Illinois. It was an application of some kind that the resident had sent off to Illinois and then was returned to him, Matsko said.

When he opened it, he found a “blue powdery substance” that came off on his hands. He washed up and called police, Matsko said.

Matsko called the response “totally precautionary.”

“He doesn’t have any reason to believe someone would harm him,” Matsko said.

Crews from Mesa, Chandler and Phoenix fire departments as well as Phoenix police cordoned off the house, at 15420 S. 36th Place, and donned protective gear before going inside.

Matsko said there was enough of the substance to see, but not enough to weigh. Firefighters put it in a plastic bag.

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