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Substance at Congressman’s Md. Office Deemed Safe

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U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). (Photo credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). (Photo credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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BALTIMORE — Rep. Elijah Cummings said a black putty-like substance discovered Wednesday on the front door of his district office in Baltimore was clearly intended to resemble a bomb, and local and federal officials investigated for hours before deeming the material non-explosive.

A staffer discovered the substance, which Cummings said apparently looked like Play-Doh and was spread around the door with at least one wire coming out of it, upon arriving to work in the morning.

The office was closed for much of the day while officials from the police, FBI and other agencies collected evidence and ran tests. No notes were left alongside the material, he said.

Cummings said that though his office receives threats every week, “This is the first time something actually appeared to be an explosive, and that certainly concerned me.”

Police and the FBI didn’t immediately reveal what the substance was or provide updates about the investigation.

Cummings said the office building is equipped with surveillance video, though it is often difficult to make out the faces or specific features of people outside the door.

The Maryland Democrat joined Congress in 1996 and is the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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