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Posted at 2:23 PM ET, 11/23/2010

White powder in Pr. William courthouse

By Jennifer Buske

UPDATE: The part of the courthouse that had been closed has been reopened, officials said, and the powder was deemed harmless. Nobody was harmed during the incident.

ORIGINAL POST: A portion of the Prince William County Courthouse has been blocked off after an employee opened a piece of mail carrying a suspicious white powder, Manassas Fire officials said.

Manassas Fire Marshal Francis Teevan said they were called about 11:15 a.m. after the powder spilled out of an envelope opened by an employee working in the mail and archives room.

The powder came in direct contact with three of the 11 people near the envelope, Teevan said.

A portion of the lower level of the four-story courthouse is closed, according to Teevan, but fire officials have not evacuated the rest of the building.

The 11 people from the lower level have been evacuated and are being evaluated by the HAZMAT team. So far, he said, nobody is showing any symptoms.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating the issue, Teevan said.

By Jennifer Buske  | November 23, 2010; 2:23 PM ET
Categories:  Emergencies & Rescues, Pr. William  
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