**UPDATE** Camp Lincoln Buildings Locked Down After Suspicious Substance Found Print
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Written by Illinois National Guard PAO   
Friday, 07 September 2012 12:59

UPDATE: Substance Found at Camp Lincoln Determined to Be Harmless

SPRINGFIELD, IL (09/04/2012)(readMedia)-- Approximately 240 Illinois National Guard employees were given the all clear three hours after authorities locked down two buildings on Camp Lincoln in Springfield after an envelope containing a suspicious substance was opened. The substance was determined to be harmless.

The lock down was a precaution and in accordance with Springfield Fire Department protocol.

"I'd like to thank the personnel here on Camp Lincoln and the Springfield Fire Department for their quick response and professionalism throughout the lock down and initial investigation," said Maj. Gen. Dennis L. Celletti of Springfield, the acting Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard. "Although this turned out to be a false alarm, the Soldiers, Airmen and civilian employees here on Camp Lincoln responded exactly as they were trained."

Three envelopes from the same source were delivered to Camp Lincoln. Two were not opened and turned over to emergency response and law enforcement authorities. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking the lead on criminal investigation with assistance from the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies.

Personnel with the Illinois Air National Guard's 183rd Fighter Wing Bio-Environmental Engineering team based in Springfield and the Illinois Army National Guard's 5th Civil Support Team (CST) based in Bartonville also responded to augment the Springfield Fire Department's response. Part of the 5th CST's mission is to support civil authorities with the identification of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and/or high yield explosive (CBRNE) agents or substance.

All questions regarding the investigation should be directed to Brad Ware, the media representative with the FBI office in Springfield at 217-522-9675.

 

ORIGINAL MESSAGE:

SPRINGFIELD, IL (09/04/2012)(readMedia)-- The Illinois National Guard locked down two buildings on Camp Lincoln in Springfield after an envelope containing a suspicious substance was opened.

The lock down is a precaution and in accordance with Springfield Fire Department protocol.

Three envelopes believed to be from the same, unknown source were delivered to Camp Lincoln. Two were not opened and turned over to the Springfield Fire Department and Sangamon County Sheriff's office, which are investigating the incident.

Personnel with the Illinois Air National Guard's 183rd Fighter Wing Bio-Environmental Engineering team based in Springfield and the Illinois Army National Guard's 5th Civil Support Team (CST) based in Bartonville have also responded to augment the Springfield Fire Department's investigation. Part of the 5th CST's mission is to support civil authorities with the identification of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and/or high yield explosive (CBRNE) agents or substance.

The safety and security of Illinois National Guard and Camp Lincoln employees is our top priority. The Illinois National Guard Provost Marshal's office, Springfield Fire Department and the Sangamon County Sheriff's office should be commended for acting quickly and appropriately.


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