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Police: Powder that led to Eagle evacuation was pudding

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colo. ” Authorities say the mysterious white powder that prompted evacuations at the Eagle County sheriff’s office last month has been identified as instant pudding.

The powder, a parking ticket and a $35 money order were in an envelope that was mailed to the sheriff’s office Jan. 13.

The incident prompted an evacuation, and two employees who came into contact with the substance were quarantined until a hazmat team determined the material wasn’t toxic.

A report by the Eagle Police Department says infrared sensor equipment was used to identify the substance as Jello-brand instant vanilla pudding.

Police say the Colorado Springs man whose name was on the ticket has been on vacation and officers were only recently able to interview him. They say he had no explanation for the incident, other than to say he is “not a clean person” and that he probably picked up the powder while paying bills on his messy kitchen table.

The agencies involved have concluded there is no reason to continue the investigation.

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