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Woodbury Home Depot among businesses targeted for suspicious mailings

The Woodbury Home Depot store was one of 13 locations to receive threatening letters containing a nontoxic white powder substance in recent days, according to the FBI.

The agency is investigating the mailings, which occurred between Dec. 31 and last Thursday, Ralph Boelter, Special Agent in Charge of the Minneapolis FBI office, said in a press release.

Other Home Depot stores that received the letters included locations in Hudson, Hastings, Maplewood and Inver Grove Heights. Other threatening letters were reportedly received at Renewal by Andersen businesses in Cottage Grove, Bayport, Roseville, Edina and Burnsville.

According to an FBI press release, the agency is in possession of the threatening letters and the envelopes. The return address on each envelope is identical. The letters received by the businesses are exactly the same letter that appears to have been photocopied. The white powder substance present in the first 12 letters has been analyzed by the state of Minnesota Department of Health Lab in St. Paul. The substance in each letter has been identified as sodium bicarbonate, and is not toxic or otherwise dangerous. The substance in the last letter received has not yet been analyzed, and that analysis will likely not be completed before early next week.

The agency said the cases remain under investigation.