Unknown white powder identified in Pine County Courthouse evacuation

By KBJR News 1

November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 20, 2013 at 11:55 AM CDT

Pine City, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Authorities say initial testing of the white powder in six envelopes sent to the Pine County Courthouse on Tuesday has been identified as a carbohydrate based material like flour.

Courthouse officials say the building is open during normal hours today, however the Richard Jouppi assault trial has been pushed back to 1pm as a precaution.

On Tuesday around 1:30pm, the Pine County Courthouse was evacuated after Emergency Dispatch was notified that six envelopes, containing an unknown white powder, addressed to several departments within the Pine County Government Center, had been delivered.

The envelopes were immediately isolated to two locations within the government center and everyone was told to evacuate.

All offices at the courthouse were immediately closed and everyone was sent home. A hazmat team from St. Paul was called in to conduct an assessment of the substance at the scene.

Angela VanDenheauvel was in the courthouse for a different case and had stepped outside but was told she couldn't go back in due to the hazardous material found inside.

"To see all the officers up there like that, it did make me nervous and then when we knew they were serious about it, I was really scared," said VanDenheuvel.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

Written and posted to the web by Krista Burns
kburns@kbjr.com

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