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December 19, 2014

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White substance causes scare at Reno courthouse, is sugar

A white substance that spilled from an envelope caused some anxious moments at the Reno federal courthouse before hazardous materials experts determined it was sugar.

Reno Fire Division Chief Dana Tucker tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that two people came in contact with the substance when the envelope was opened Thursday. About 16 people on the third floor were isolated while the material was tested.

The rest of the courthouse remained open.

In January the Nevada Supreme Court in Carson City was evacuated after a white powder was sent in an envelope with a note saying it was anthrax.

It turned out to be talcum powder.

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