University of Central Florida building evacuated after powder throwing 'stunt'

Posted at 2:12 PM, Feb 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-28 14:13:12-05

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A building at the University of Central Florida in Orlando was evacuated after campus police say someone wearing a LeBron James Miami Heat basketball jersey stood up in a classroom and threw powder in the air.

University police said in a statement posted Wednesday on Twitter that the Business Administration building was evacuated "out of an abundance of caution." In a video posted on Twitter, Police Chief Richard Beary said it appeared to be a stunt but they had to treat it as an emergency.

Students were asked to avoid the area.

James, who now plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, sometimes tosses chalk in the air in a pregame ritual.

Police said they're seeking a second person who was seen carrying two backpacks.

They later tweeted that the spilled powder is a match for powdered baby formula.

The WPTV web team contributed to this report.

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