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White powder causes scare at University of Iowa

White powder causes scare at University of Iowa

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A University of Iowa counselor who helps low-income students prepare for college reported feeling ill after opening an envelope containing a suspicious white powder Monday.

The university said a student counselor with the Upward Bound program opened the envelope Monday at Stanley Hall. The student later called university police to report the substance after starting to feel ill.  The scare caused authorities to seal off part of a dorm as a precaution.

University spokesman Tom Moore says the student was treated at UI Hospitals and Clinics and released.

The university says test results from the State Hygienic Laboratory showed no toxic substances in the powder. A sample has been sent to Ankeny for further verification.

47 students and staff with the Upward Bound program are being notified of the incident.

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