'White Powder' Found at Daley Center Was Dust

White powder found in an envelope in the Vital Records office turned out to be drywall dust

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011  |  Updated 10:57 AM CDT
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'White Powder' Found at Daley Center Was Dust

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The "white powdery substance" discovered in an envelope at Daley Plaza Tuesday morning turned out to be drywall dust, according to a Cook County spokeswoman.

Chicago Police and Hazmat crews were called at about 9:57 a.m. to investigate the suspicious substance apparently found by a staffer, News Affairs said.

A worker in the Vital Records office, located in the Pedway, opened an envelope filled with the powder, according to Courtney Greve, a County Clerk spokeswoman.

The staffer notified a supervisor, who called 911, Greve said in an email. The office was quarantined by Hazmat crews, she said, but was declared under control in about a half hour.

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