Suspicious Packages Identified in Marion County
Marion County, FL -- Many Marion County residents are recovering from a scary situation.
Officials say 10 suspicious envelopes were sent to government buildings, schools, and businesses across the county.
It began around 11 AM Tuesday morning when officials at Lake Weir High reported a green envelope with a suspicious white powder. Over the next two hours officials at nine other locations -the Marion County Judicial Center, Forest High School, West Port High School, Hillcrest School, the Ocala Star Banner, the Elks Lodge, Belleview High School, Blessed Trinity and the Marion County School Board Building.
When Hazmat Teams arrived, they tested the substance and found a harmless, everyday ingredient - artificial sweetener.
Fire officials say they don't yet know who sent the packages.
"Moving forward, what our officials are doing, is they are going to gather the envelopes and they will be all compiled and taken off to the Florida Department of Health where they will be - they will undergo further testing," according to Marion County Fire Rescue Spokesperson Jessica Greene.
Employees at all locations were evacuated and no one was injured.
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