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HAZMAT crew responds to Sheridan Prison

Posted by wlpo on November 19, 2013

A strange black and white powder triggered a red flag at the Sheridan Correctional Center.  The powder was found in a letter in the prison’s mailroom Tuesday afternoon.  The administration building at the prison was evacuated and while a HAZMAT crew tested to figure out what it was.

Spokesman for the prison Tom Shaer says they the powder was some type of drug but nothing hazardous.  A sample was taken by an Illinois State Police detective for more testing.   Two mailroom employees were isolated and examined as a precaution.

Things were back to normal by 4pm and the inmates were not affected.

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