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UPDATE: Royal Oak Police Station Evacuated Order Lifted

HAZMAT protocol was observed as a precaution, but authorities aren't overly concerned about the substance, Mayor Jim Ellison said.

UPDATE: Royal Oak Police Station Evacuated Order Lifted UPDATE: Royal Oak Police Station Evacuated Order Lifted

Updated at 11 a.m.:

An evacuation order that temporarily closed the Royal Oak police station Tuesday morning has been lifted. At a news conference, Police Chief Corrigan O'Donohue said the white powder substance mailed in a letter to the detective bureau was likely cornstarch, WJBK Channel 2 is reporting.

Our earlier story:

The Royal Oak Police station, 221 E. Third St., remains closed to the public after it was evacuated about 8 a.m. Tuesday after a letter with a suspicious white powder was sent to the detective bureau.

Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue said authorities aren’t sure what the white powder was, so standard HAZMAT protocol was observed and the building was evacuated, The Royal Oak Tribune reports.

City Hall workers were also evacuated, but have returned to their offices.

Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison said he expected the

“In talking with the police chief and the fire chief, they are not terribly concerned that the white powder is anything significant,” Ellison told the newspaper. “But HAZMAT is still going to test the powder to make sure.”

Fire departments from Royal Oak, Southfield, Madison Heights, Bloomfield Township and Birmingham responded to the scene.

Stay with Patch for updates on this story.

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