Suspicious white powder shuts down Edmonton courthouse

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services firefighters respond to a call of white powder found around lunch...

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services firefighters respond to a call of white powder found around lunch time at Court of Queen's Bench in Edmonton, Alta., on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. District Chief Dave Matwichuk said that powdered coffee creamer was found in an envelope at the traffic desk inside the courthouse. Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun

Pamela Roth, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:59 PM ET

One to two tablespoons of coffee whitener in the envelope of a traffic ticket was enough to make operations at the Edmonton law courts come to a grinding halt on Wednesday. Around 11:45 a.m., a clerk in the counter room for traffic tickets opened an envelope that contained a white powder inside. The clerk did the right thing, said Edmonton fire District Chief Dave Matwichuk, by notifying Edmonton fire and rescue, who responded with the Hazmat team.

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