Spilled Non-Dairy Creamer Prompts ‘White Powder' Hazmat Response

Dallas Fire-Rescue says white powder found on an elevator at a federal building Wednesday afternoon was non-dairy creamer.

FDR was called to the Social Security Adminsitration Building at 1301 Young Street in downtown after someone called 911 reporting a white powder on an elevator.

A hazmat team responded and determined the substance was not a threat.

At 2 p.m., the all-clear was given at the building and operations returned to normal.

Letters containing powder invoke fear after five people were killed and more than a dozen were injured when letters laced with anthrax spores were mailed to offices in the days and weeks after Sept. 11, 2001.

Since then, hundreds of hoax letters have been received nationwide at schools, banks, hospitals and other businesses. Though the vast majority of white powder letters have been harmless, anyone receiving a white powder letter is advised to evacuate the area and call 911.

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