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Thyme Sends Durham Police Into Lockdown

Posted January 16, 2008

— The Durham Police Department was locked down briefly Wednesday afternoon when an envelope containing a suspicious white powder was delivered to someone in the department, authorities said.

The powder was discovered at about 12:15 p.m., and all entrances and exits to the headquarters building were blocked, Durham Fire Department Capt. Chris Iannuzzi said.

The fire department's hazmat team and the police department's Biological Chemical Emergency Response Team suited up in protective gear and set up a decontamination tent to investigate the incident.

The building was reopened about 90 minutes later when authorities determined the suspicious material was thyme seeds.


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  • justjean Jan 16, 2008

    Ha! Who would seed their lawn with thyme? Strange, but either way, there is more than one type of thyme and more than one type of seed...geez.

  • Arcturus Jan 16, 2008

    Peacebee has a point. I just seeded my front yard with thyme and the seeds were tiny and dark brown or black.

  • bigredtruckman Jan 16, 2008

    Parsley, sage, rosemary and....

  • ratherbnnc Jan 16, 2008

    Tyme to unload the Police Department! We needed an afternoon break anyway! :O and how much did this little episode cost the taxpayers?

  • peacebee Jan 16, 2008

    thyme seeds? All the thyme I ever planted had itty bitty brown seeds...not white.

  • cuteboyd Jan 16, 2008

    I don't like the Durham PD!

  • diwanicki Jan 16, 2008

    Well, now we know what it was. Some people do some foolish things.

  • diwanicki Jan 16, 2008

    Did you not read the comment b4 mine?

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 16, 2008

    Whoever it was, will probably face time in prison. This is no laughing matter. Maybe they left a finger-print on the outside of the envelope.

  • diwanicki Jan 16, 2008

    Lol, thats funny. Yeah, what was it?