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Deputies determine white powder at Chancellor High is sugar

UPDATE: The mystery of the white powder has been resolved, schools spokeswoman Rene Daniels told me today. Culinary arts students dropped some of their creations upon returning to Chancellor High from the Career and Technical Center and didn’t sufficiently clean up the mess. This left a suspicious white powder on the floor that led school officials to investigate and exercise caution for student safety.


Chancellor High School was evacuated briefly today after a white powder was found in a paper bag at the school about 12:45 p.m., schools spokeswoman Rene Daniels said.

The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office hazardous materials team was called as is protocol, Daniels said. Deputies determined the substance was powdered sugar.

Students returned to the building as of 1:30 p.m., Daniels said.

School officials are currently investigating the situation to determine whether further action is warranted.

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