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Classes at University of Missouri-Rolla to resume Wednesday

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John Fougere

Chief Communications Officer

University Relations

Feb 27, 2007

Contact: Jennifer Hollingshead

Office: (573) 882-0601

E-mail: hollingsheadj@umsystem.edu

ROLLA, Mo. – Classes at the University of Missouri-Rolla will resume on Wednesday, Feb. 28, after a threat affecting the civil engineering building prompted officials to close the campus today.

A UMR student has been arrested because of the incident, which sparked concerns about a possible bomb and possible anthrax contamination. Late Tuesday afternoon, law enforcement officials were able to determine that those threats were false.

Twenty three individuals, including eight UMR students and one professor, were quarantined for several hours on Tuesday while investigators determined the source of a white powdery substance that was found on the suspect. All 23 individuals were released this afternoon after the substance was determined to be ordinary powdered sugar.

The student's identity has not been released because charges have not been filed at this time.