Coltus Interruptus

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee July 23, 2010

The federal Courthouse in Seattle was briefly locked down Thursday afternoon at the time of the Colton Harris-Moore hearing as the fire department responded to a report of white powder in the mail room.

Spokeswoman Helen Fitzpatrick said a hazmat team in protective gear determined it was nontoxic and cleared the scene in an hour-and-a-half.

Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt says a mail room employee reported a suspicious package with a white substance shortly after 2 p.m. and the timing with the Barefoot Bandit case appeared to be a coincidence.

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