House Chamber Evacuated Over Suspicious Powder
Substance determined to be harmless, authorities say
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2010 2:09 PM CDT
A worker climbs the Capitol dome in Washington, Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, doing maintenance.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – The House chamber was evacuated today after a suspicious white powder was found on the gallery floor, the Washington Post reports. "Nothing hazardous was found," a police spokeswoman said this afternoon. The House is still on recess until tomorrow, so only pages were present in the chamber when the powder was discovered.