Ohio University investigates white powder incident

ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University is investigating a white powdery substance in an envelope received by a university employee that forced the evacuation of a bank and campus office.

The university says the employee who opened the envelope Thursday has been released from the hospital and the area where the envelope was received is barricaded.

The university says the east end of the West Union Street Office Center and Peoples Bank were evacuated as a precaution.

Ohio University police chief Andrew Powers told the Athens Messenger ( http://bit.ly/12piD0N) the center's heating and air conditioning system was shut down as a preventative measure.

The university says the FBI is investigating with help from campus police and an Ohio National Guard weapons of mass destruction team from Rickenbacker Air Force Base in Columbus.

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