White powder scare at North Dallas synagogue

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by JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on May 19, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 8:58 PM

Baruch HaShem Synagogue

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DALLAS — A hazardous materials team was checking out a white powder scare at Baruch HaShem Messianic Synagogue in North Dallas Saturday morning.

Police said two men were seen scattering 12 mounds of white powder on the parking lot and along the sidewalk of the religious center at 6304 Beltline Road.

A witness spotted the men and confronted them. The pair reportedly said they were "preparing for a race."

That response perplexed authorities, who were trying to track them down.

Before the powder was determined to be non-toxic, the area was cordoned off as the mounds were removed by personnel wearing protective suits for further analysis.

A spokesman for the synagogue said it believes this was a prank.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said there were no evacuations and no injuries were reported.

Earlier this week, the FBI offered a $150,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a person thought to be responsible for sending more than 380 letters filled with white powder to addresses in 48 states.

Letters containing powder have recently been sent to at least six North Texas schools, a church, and the Crowley Courts Building in Dallas.

E-mail jbetz@wfaa.com

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