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Mail containing ‘unknown substance’ prompts evacuation of Virginia Beach Courthouse

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Beach Courthouse was evacuated Wednesday morning due to an incident that occurred around 9 a.m.

Emergency dispatchers tell News 3 the call came in as a suspicious package report.

The Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office reported someone in court clerk's office opened a package containing an unknown substance. Five people were in the vicinity and none are showing any symptoms.

An initial investigation determined that the substance does not appear to be toxic or a threat to the people exposed to it. Those exposed have been told to seek medical attention if they develop unusual symptoms.

The Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office said this is an isolated incident that is under control. The building has reopened with the exception of the immediate area where the incident happened. The area remains secured, but the public can access the building as normal.

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