Hazmat team investigating white powdery substance


Decatur -- The Decatur fire department's Hazmat team is investigating a white powdery substance that was mailed to the Decatur Correctional Center.

The center was evacuated around Noon Thursday, as the FBI, state police, and fire department were called out to test the substance.

Initially, a Hazmat team was called to come from St. Louis, before state police determined the testing could be done by Decatur Fire.

UPDATE: Decatur Fire's Hazmat team removed the suspicious substance, and it's being sent to the Springfield Health Department for testing. Warden Shelith Hansbro says there's no timeline established as to when that testing will be complete. 

The all-clear was given at the Correctional Center once the suspicious substance was removed.

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