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Package that caused evacuation at Lovettsville Elementary harmless

Lovettsville Elementary School was evacuated this morning after school personnel discovered a suspicious package with a powder-like substance.

The scare began at around 9 a.m. when school staff opened a package containing magazines. During the process of opening it, a powder-like substance fell out. Staff members called 911 and Loudoun County Fire-Rescue reported to the scene.

Although there were no medical issues reported, the three individuals in proximity to the package when opened were isolated.

Students were quickly removed from the building while a hazardous materials team tested and evaluated the suspicious powder. It was determined that the substance was “a byproduct of shrink wrapping” and not hazardous.

All occupants were allowed to return at 10:30 a.m.

Law enforcement and local citizens appear to be on high alert for terrorist activity after the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15 and the discovery of several poisoned letters to Washington officials.

April 18 – Tuscarora High School in Leesburg received a bomb threat April 18. While the school was not evacuated, bomb-sniffing dogs did a complete sweep of the building.

April 22 – A suspicious pacakage was reported in a dog waste container near the intersection of Cascades Parkway and Esterbrook Circle in Sterling, not far from Potowmack Elementary School. The package was ruled harmless.

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