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Drake prank brings in hazmat team


What was supposed to be a prank ended up being a hazmat scare at Drake University Tuesday morning, Des Moines Police said.

A desk clerk at Harriett Hall was going through outbound mail when she noticed a white powder.

She called officials who showed up and isolated the woman in case she was exposed to something dangerous.

Crews closed off the area for about an hour while they investigated.

It turns out the powder was corn starch.

A Drake student was trying to send a "corn starch letter bomb" as a joke to a friend.

A Des Moines Fire Department spokesman said the student that sent the letter will have to pay the expense of the hazmat call out to the university.

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