Powder poses no threat to Maiden church

State tests confirmed a suspicious powder delivered to a Maiden church Thursday did not pose a bioterrorism or health risk.

A suspect package arrived at Providence Road Baptist Church on Thursday, prompting a local and state investigation.

The church was the subject of a national controversy last month after its pastor, Charles Worley, suggested in a sermon that homosexual citizens be placed in an electrified fence to be killed.

Providence Road Baptist Church was closed Thursday after reporting the powder to authorities.

Authorities have not confirmed to The O-N-E whether the suspicious package was linked to Worley’s remarks.

Catawba County Emergency Management authorized the reopening of the church at 5 p.m. Friday after state lab tests determined the powder delivered in the envelope did not pose a threat.

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