Area of Frist sanitized after powder found
Posted October 23, 2001; 11:23 a.m.
100-level of Frist Campus Center was closed for almost three hours Monday night after a white powder was discovered on a computer keyboard. The area was sanitized by a hazardous-materials response team and reopened shortly after 11 p.m.
A sample of the powder was taken to a state laboratory for testing, and results are expected within a few days. The graduate student who first noticed the powder said it looked like the powdery sugar found on donuts.
Precautions were taken immediately and effectively. The student had begun to use a computer near the Frist Welcome Desk when he noticed the powder on the keyboard shortly after 8 p.m. He notified Frist officials, and Public Safety officials arrived within minutes. Princeton Borough Police and emergency officials also arrived at the scene quickly, and the hazardous-materials unit from Trenton was contacted.
The area around the computer was first cleared and then the first floor was closed. The ventilation system was shut down, and the student was given instructions and guidance.
A member of the "Hazmat" team entered the area in protective gear to take a sample of the material and sanitize the area. After the area was completely clean, the 100-level reopened at 11:05 p.m.
Information and instructions will be posted here if there is a need for further action. There is no need for medical testing of any individual unless the powder is identified as a dangerous biological agent.
Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601