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October 20, 2014, 12:54 pm
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Powder Scare Forces Brief Evacuation At Mid-West Family Broadcasting Studios; Substance Found To Be Harmless

Haz-mat crews outside the radio station. Photo taken by Rachel Hall

The all-clear has now been sounded after a powder scare that prompted authorities to evacuate portions of the Mid-West Family Broadcasting studios, home base of 970 WMAY, on Monday. 


Police, fire and haz-mat crews from Springfield, Riverton and Buffalo responded after powder spilled from an envelope that had been mailed to the station.  Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin says it's not an uncommon situation, and crews followed a specified protocol to ensure that the substance posed no danger. 


It turned out to be residue from promotional matchbooks that had been mailed to the station, but which were damaged in transit, crushing the match heads.

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