Partial Shut-Down at University after Suspicious Substance Found in Mail

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - Officials say a threatening letter containing a suspicious white powder was sent to a faculty member at the University of North Alabama, prompting authorities to shut down a building on the campus.

The school said in a statement a threatening letter addressed to a faculty member was received Thursday afternoon on the fifth floor of Stevens Hall. Spokesman Josh Woods says a white powder was
inside the letter.

Three university staff members are being decontaminated, and police and a Colbert County hazardous materials team are working to identify the material.

All classes in the building have been canceled for the rest of the day, and Stevens Hall is closed until tomorrow.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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