Anthrax hoax letter sent to Florida congressman

A white powdery substance that was mailed to Representative Allen West, a Florida congressman, on Friday was determined to not be a dangerous material by local emergency officials in Boca Raton, Florida.

The envelope that contained the white powder also included a letter that made derogatory statements toward West, reports. The letter also mentioned anthrax by name.

"It came back as a non-biological threat," Frank Correggio of Boca Raton Fire-Rescue, the team that responded to the report, said, according to “We don't know what it is yet, but we know it's not hazardous.”

The FBI will lead an investigation to find out the origin of the substance along with the Joint Terrorism task force for South Florida. The letter was picked up from the Post Office in Deerfield Beach, Florida, before it reached West’s campaign office for Boca Raton.

West has two congressional offices in Florida.

“I thoroughly condemn this act,” West said, according to “I am deeply disturbed at this incident which threatened a member of our campaign staff. (We are) taking the necessary precautions with regard to incoming mail.”

No one was harmed during the incident.

According to the Palm Beach Post, West rode in on a tide of Tea Party support in November, taking the U.S. House District 22 seat from incumbent Ron Klein.