“White Powdery Substance” Prompts Closure of Westwood Mormon Temple

WESTWOOD, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Mormon Temple in Westwood was closed Thursday afternoon after an envelope filled with an unidentified white powdery substance, later found to be harmless, was delivered to temple employees, police said.

A hazardous-materials team was sent around 3:30 p.m. to the temple at Santa Monica Boulevard and Overland Avenue, which was the target of recent protests by opponents of Proposition 8, said Richard French of the Los Angeles Police Department.

FBI agents also went to the scene.

The temple will reopen Friday.

Officials determined the substance was not unsafe and the temple was reopened around 6 p.m., CBS2 reported.

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French said the hazardous-materials team treated it "as any other hazardous materials situation.''

It was unknown whether the package was related to protests over the same-sex marriage ban, French said.

A similar envelope was delivered Thursday afternoon to the Salt Lake City Mormon Temple, according to Ronald Smith, a spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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