Campus Anthrax Threat Turns Out To Be Powdered Sugar

ROLLA, Mo. – A civil engineering student made terrorist threats on the University of Missouri-Rolla campus claiming to have a bomb and anthrax, which was later found to be nothing more than powdered sugar.

Police say the student, Sujithkumar Venkatramolla, 22, was holding a knife and a paper bag, claiming he had planted a bomb in the Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering building. After taking him down with a stun gun, police found a white powdery substance in the building, which tests later revealed to be powdered sugar.

While no bomb was found in the building or adjacent facilities, “possible bomb materials” were discovered. A note was also found in which Venkatramolla threatened to destroy the building. Twenty-two people in the building were quarantined until the anthrax threat was negated.

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