Suspicious envelope found at Dartmouth College

An envelope containing a suspicious substance was recently discovered at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Hanover Police, Hanover Fire Department, Lebanon Fire Department and Dartmouth’s Environmental Health and Safety Department responded to the situation and secured the building, according to

The envelope was found in Thornton Hall, which is located near the center of the Dartmouth campus and houses the college’s religion and philosophy departments.

Director of Safety and Security and College Proctor Harry Kinne later sent a college-wide email explaining the situation and informing students and faculty that EHSD had tested the envelope and found it to be harmless.

FBI representatives visited the campus soon afterward, according to Justin Anderson, director of media relations for the college. Anderson said the incident has homeland security implications because of the 2001 anthrax attacks, which led to the deaths of five people, reports.

Inside the envelope was a note addressed to an unidentified Dartmouth employee. The college would not say whether the envelope was sent using the U.S. Postal Service.

Dartmouth is a private, Ivy League university founded in 1769 with an original purpose of training Native Americans as missionaries. With approximately 6,000 graduate and undergraduate students, it is the smallest university in the Ivy League.