FBI: Powdery Substance is Not Ricin

2-26-06 - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - It wasn't ricin after all. That's the finding of FBI tests of the powdery substance found in a roll of quarters at a University of Texas dormitory.

Initial state tests had indicated it was the potentially deadly poison.

The FBI tests did not identify the substance, and it looks like no further testing will be done.

The mystery powder spilled onto a student's hands as she unwrapped a roll of quarters in her dorm room on Thursday.

The 19-year-old freshman and her roommate were both evaluated for possible exposure to ricin and cleared at a hospital.

Roughly 400 dorm residents were evacuated Friday night while hazardous materials crews sanitized the area where the substance was found.


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