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Hazmat scare at Kane County branch court, circuit clerk’s office

Updated: November 17, 2012 6:16AM

About 100 people were detained inside the Kane County Branch Court and the circuit clerk’s office on Randall Road in St. Charles for about two hours Monday after an employee opened a letter that contained a white, powdery substance.

A Hazmat team later determined the powder was not a hazardous material.

The sheriff’s office said they were called by court security officers at about 10 a.m. Monday after an employee of the circuit clerk’s office found the substance in an envelope.

The courthouse and clerk’s office were locked down while emergency responders from the sheriff’s office, St. Charles Fire Department and the MABAS Division 13 HAZMAT Advisory Team responded to the scene. No one was allowed into or out of the building during the two-hour lockdown.

The substance was determined not to be a hazardous material and there was no threat to anyone in the building, the sheriff’s office said.

The building was reopened at about 12:20 p.m.

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