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Hazmat Response at Seattle Federal Courthouse

SEATTLE (AP) - The federal Courthouse in Seattle was briefly locked down Thursday afternoon at the time of the Colton Harris-Moore hearing as the fire department responded to a report of white powder in the mail room.

Spokeswoman Helen Fitzpatrick said a hazmat team in protective gear determined it was nontoxic and cleared the scene in an hour-and-a-half.

Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt says a mail room employee reported a suspicious package with a white substance shortly after 2 p.m. and the timing with the Barefoot Bandit case appeared to be a coincidence.

People leaving the hearing were kept indoors and no one was allowed to enter the building for a few minutes.
      
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