Suspicious powder discovered at Bell Justice Center

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UPDATE: A hazmat team responded to investigate an unknown white powdery substance at the Bell County Justice Center. After testing, it was determined to be nontoxic.

The Bell County Justice Complex main lobby area was reopened at approximately 1:30 p.m.

This incident is currently under investigation by the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.

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The main entrance and main lobby area of the Bell County Justice Center was closed over midday Tuesday  after an unknown powder was discovered in an enveloped delivered to the center.

Bell County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Major T.J. Cruz says the sheriff’s department was notified at 10:40 a.m. that an envelope had been opened that had the unknown powder in it.

The main lobby and main entrance was closed,  but alternative entrances were being used to continue normal operation of the center and no evacuation was initiated.

Hazardous material personnel from Temple and Belton were sent to the scene and were to suit up, enter the area and test the material.

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