'Packaging powder' leads to lockdown at Buchholz


Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 5:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 5:47 p.m.

A white powdery substance fell out of a package delivered to Buchholz High School Friday morning, forcing a 45-minute lockdown of the school.

Alachua County School Board spokeswoman Jackie Johnson said a teacher received a package from a delivery service containing certificates that she'd ordered.

When the teacher opened the package, "white powdery material fell out," according to Johnson. The teacher immediately notified school authorities. Alachua County sheriff's deputies were already on campus for normal patrol of the school. Deputies then called Alachua County Fire Rescue's Hazardous Materials Team, which arrived within minutes.

Upon the team's arrival, the white substance was determined to be a type of "packaging powder," said Johnson.

The lockdown was over in less than an hour, which allowed classes to resume Friday afternoon.

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