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Firefighters investigating white powdery substance found at Pinellas criminal courthouse

LARGO — Firefighters are at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center examining an unidentified white powder found in a piece of mail that was opened today in the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office.

The call came in at 1:38 p.m., according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, from the courthouse at 14250 49th St N. The Pinellas Park Fire Department and the Pinellas County Hazardous Materials Team are on scene.

While authorities haven't yet determined if the substance is harmful or a hoax, past incidents have been revealed as the latter: hoaxes.

In May the State Attorney's Office was targeted for just such a hoax but the letter was intercepted by courthouse personnel first.

In April a similar incident took place in Tampa at the downtown courthouse. Deputies are still investigating the origin of the letter.

There have been no evacuations, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Firefighters investigating white powdery substance found at Pinellas criminal courthouse 06/15/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 15, 2009 3:19pm]
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