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Posted at 2:35 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Pr. William courthouse reopens

By Jennifer Buske

The portion of the Prince William County courthouse that had been closed after suspicious white powder fell out of an envelope has been reopened, officials said.

The powder was deemed harmless. Nobody was harmed during the incident.

Suspicious powder at Va. courthouse
1:33 p.m.
A portion of the Prince William County Courthouse was blocked off Tuesday after an employee opened a piece of mail containing a suspicious white powder, Manassas Fire officials said.

Marshal Francis Teevan said they were called about 11:15 a.m. after a white powder spilled out of an envelope an employee working in the mail and archives room opened. The powder came in direct contact with three people, and 11 others were in the vicinity, Teevan said.

A portion of the lower level of the four-story courthouse is closed; officials said they did not feel the need to evacuate the rest of the building. The employees have been evacuated and are being evaluated by the HAZMAT team. So far, Teevan said, no one is showing any symptoms.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating, Teevan said.

By Jennifer Buske  | November 23, 2010; 2:35 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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