Ricin scare led to evacuations at Fort Bragg

FORT BRAGG

Post spokesman Tom McCollum told ABC11 that an area of the Randolph Pointe apartment complex was cordoned off for a time Wednesday evening. People in three apartments had to be evacuated.

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Officials said they received word around 5 p.m. that a non-commissioned officer had ricin, which is an extremely poisonous protein extracted from castor beans. However, nothing was found when haz-mat teams went into that soldier's apartment about 7 p.m.

Everyone who was evacuated was allowed back into their homes after 8 p.m.

Fort Bragg officials said they will have more details on the incident on Thursday.

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