Dried toothpaste caused scare at Ohio University
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:47

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say the white powder that led to an evacuation of a building at Ohio University last week was toothpaste used to seal an envelope.

The university in Athens said the envelope contained an application and background materials from a West Virginia prison inmate.

Authorities interviewed the person who mailed the package and determined that toothpaste had been used to seal the envelope. The toothpaste had dried and flaked into a powder.

The discovery of the white powder Thursday led to the evacuation of employees from the OU legal affairs office and a bank branch in the same building. The FBI and a weapons of mass destruction team from Rickenbacker Air Force Base in Columbus were called to investigate.

Officials said the employee who reported the white powder acted appropriately.


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

 

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