Suspicious package sent to Sen. Rand Paul involved nontoxic substance, is under investigation

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Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky speaks during the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky speaks during the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020.

A suspicious package sent to the Kentucky home of Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul appears to contain a non-toxic substance, the local sheriff's office said.

The FBI's Louisville office "is working with the Warren County Sheriff's Office by providing forensic and technical support for this investigation," agency spokesman Tim Beam told The Courier Journal.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office said in a social media post that it was contacted by Capitol Police on Monday regarding a suspicious package delivered to Paul's home in Bowling Green. The package was taken to the Bowling Green Fire Department and a preliminary analysis identified the substance as nontoxic, the sheriff's office said. It did not identify the substance.

The substance and package will undergo further analysis, the sheriff's office said.

Capitol Hill police are also involved in the investigation, according to Politico, which first reported the news.

"I take these threats immensely seriously," Paul wrote on Twitter on Monday. "As a repeated target of violence, it is reprehensible that Twitter allows C-list celebrities to encourage violence against me and my family."

Paul, a Republican, was injured in 2017 in an attack by his then-neighbor over a lawncare dispute. The neighbor was charged with assaulting a member of Congress.

The Courier Journal has reached out to Paul's office for comment on the suspicious package.

Contributing: Associated Press

Reach reporter Mary Ramsey at mramsey@gannett.com, and follow her on Twitter @mcolleen1996.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Suspicious package sent to Sen. Rand Paul under investigation