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Powder in Staten Island scare was baking soda

June 5, 2013 4:39:49 AM PDT
The white powder that prompted the evacuation of a Staten Island courthouse Tuesday afternoon was determined to be baking soda.

NewsCopter7 was over the scene in West New Brighton after police say Judge Kim Dollard opened a letter and found white powder pouring out around 3:30 p.m.

The courthouse was immediately evacuated, but testing proved it was all just a scare.

The office of Court Administration released the following statement:

"Appropriate precautions and evacuations were made. The NYPD was notified and is in the process of doing a field test to determine the nature of the substance that was received in a letter by a court employee."

No injuries were reported.


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