'Suspicious envelope' delivered to Texoma Congressman's Sherman office not a threat, authorities say

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - A bomb squad and hazardous materials team responded to the Grayson County Courthouse Thursday afternoon after a suspicious envelope was delivered to Congressman John Ratcliffe's office inside the courthouse.

Grayson County Sheriff's Capt. Sarah Bigham says around 2 p.m. Thursday staff members at Ratcliffe's office alerted law enforcement they has reason to believe the contents of the envelope may pose a threat due to statements made by the man who delivered it.

The Plano Bomb Squad and HazMat Team was called to contain the envelope. The all clear was given around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The investigation is ongoing, and preliminary reports say that there was no threat. The envelope contained only documents.

Bigham says the man is local, and they did speak to him directly as a part of the investigation. No word on this time if any charges will be filed.

Bigham said Ratcliffe, a Republican from Rockwall who was just re-elected to a third term in the U.S. House, was not in the office when it was delivered.

A representative from Ratcliffe's office said the Congressman, who is in Washington, is aware of the situation, and that U.S. Capitol Police are investigating per protocol in matters such as these.