Dried toothpaste caused scare at Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio - 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.
 

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