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White powder evacuation

From staff reports

White powder that triggered an evacuation Thursday at the Olmsted County Public Health Department turned out to be a stain remover.

Rochester Fire Department Cpt. Mike Jacobson said about one-quarter cup of OxiClean was found scattered across an employee's desk and computer. When the substance was not readily identified, some 50 people were evacuated from the building at 7:30 a.m.

Members of the Rochester Fire Department's Chemical Assessment Team entered the building at 10 a.m. to test the power. Jacobson said the substance was later identified as OxiClean.

Employees returned to work at around 11:30 a.m., according to police.

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"It was an accident. A bag of it that had a leak in it, somehow it ended up in there," he said. "It didn't pose a threat to anybody in the building."

Jacobson said samples of OxiClean are distributed through the county's Women, Infants and Children program.

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