Local police blocked off all access roads to a public building while our Public Safety Officers [firemen] conducted an investigation of a suspicious white powder found inside.
It turned out to be chalk dust...
..... The building was our high school !
"Folks, you can't possibly make stuff like this up."
Edit: - The rest of the story.
It began when three senior males from the school poured the powder from a bag onto two younger males as a prank. They fled, but were immediately aprehended and detained.
The authorities were called.
Police - including the bomb and swat teams, fire, county sheriff, and eventually the FBI all responded,
The victims were takes to a coach's office and were given a chlorine wash decontamination scrub.
The school went into formal "lockdown." No one in or out. All students locked into whatever room they happened to be in, and required to be in a group away from the door and out of sight from the window to the hallway.
This went on for several hours until the powder tested negative for toxins.
The perpetrators were led away under arrest and charged with making terroristic threats, causing or risking wide spread damage, and harrasment.
Welcome to the world of post Columbine / 9-11.
...as far as I know, the police did not make 27 8x10 full color glossies with circles and arrows on the back.
I think my original assesment stands. Somewhere along the way, we seem to have misplaced that rarest of all human traits - balanced common sense.