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White, Powdery Substance Found In Envelope At Ohio Univ.; Office Evacuated

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An office at Ohio University was evacuated Thursday after an employee opened an envelope that contained a white, powdery substance.

According to the university, the employee opened the envelope received in the mail at about 11:18 a.m.

As a precaution, the Ohio University Police Department (OUPD) evacuated the Legal Affairs and People's Bank sections of the West Union Street Office Center (WUSOC) and took other steps to isolate the potentially affected area.

Smith Street is closed, and the area is barricaded, according to the university.

OUPD said does not believe other areas of the WUSOC building are affected at this time. OUPD is working with an Ohio National Guard WMD team from Rickenbacker Air Force Base, and the FBI, who is handling the investigation.

The employee who opened the envelope was treated and released from an area hospital.

At this time, police said they believe the envelope is an isolated incident and no further action is needed at this time by Ohio University faculty, staff, and students.

University officials said that nothing conclusive was determined about the substance as of 5:15 p.m., and the investigation is ongoing.

The university said it expects the buildings to open Friday, and operate during normal business hours.

No other details are being released at this time.

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