Suspicious Substances Found at Two Courthouses

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The white powdery substance that
sent authorities back to the Palm Beach County Courthouse ended up
being a dental adhesive.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera says the substance was
found on a piece of mail in a jury room. It was identified as an adhesive used in dental procedures and other surgery.

Another white substance found on two envelopes caused a minor scare at the courthouse yesterday. A sheriff's spokeswoman said it tested positive for tellurium, which can be dangerous. But the substance did not pose a threat to anyone, she says, although five people who had contact with it were decontaminated. All five were given a health check after and reported no ill effects.

A brown, granular substance was also found Thursday in the mailroom at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. Tests
showed it was a sugar substitute.

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