Police and hazardous material control officials were on the scene in a matter of minutes after a report of a “suspicious substance” on the downtown Baltimore office door of Congressman Elijah Cummings.

Office employees and passers-by looked Aug. 7 as first responders cordoned off the area around the door, took photographs, and ran initial tests.

“There was suspicious material on the front door of Congressman Cummings’ office,” said Ian Brennan, chief public information officer for the Baltimore City Fire Department.

Brennan was unsure who determined the substance was suspicious, but said that the tip came from someone who saw the substance on the door around 11:30 a.m.

“Our Hazmat team came down to test the material, but the FBI is the lead investigative agency.”

All media inquiries were directed by police to Special Agent Rich Wolfe, of the FBI’s Baltimore field office. Wolfe did respond to questions about the incident.


Alexis Taylor

AFRO Staff Writer