Powder with MO Student Probably not Anthrax

1 decade 1 year 2 months ago Tuesday, February 27 2007 Feb 27, 2007 Tuesday, February 27, 2007 1:54:43 PM CST February 27, 2007 in News
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ROLLA (AP) - Authorities say a student's anthrax threat in a building at the University of Missouri-Rolla was "bogus." Twenty-three people remain quarantined until authorities can determine whether they need to be decontaminated. Early today police used a stun gun to subdue the unnamed foreign student who said he had a bomb and anthrax inside the school's civil engineering building. Authorities said at a late-morning news briefing that a white powdery substance the man had with him was probably not anthrax. Police said the student was decontaminated and taken to a hospital before being locked up at Rolla police headquarters. Charges are expected to be filed as soon as this afternoon. A school spokesman described the man as an "international" student but not reveal his name or nationality. A Missouri National Guard team from Fort Leonard Wood is gathering samples to determine if the substance is hazardous. Officials indicated that the substance probably was not anthrax, noting that no one who was exposed to the substance has shown any symptoms. Classes were called off for the rest of the day but are expected to resume tomorrow. Police say the student had a threatening note saying he would destroy the building. Authorities believe he was distraught over grades, and that his state of mind may have led to the incident.

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