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Univ. of Iowa Dorm Evacuated After ‘Suspicious’ Chemicals Found

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University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. (Courtesy the University of Iowa)

University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. (Courtesy the University of Iowa)

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Some University of Iowa students are glad to be back in their dorm Monday after an investigation forced them to evacuate their residence hall — and brought the drug task force to the building.

KWWL reports all of the students in Slater Hall, which houses about 500, had to be evacuated Sunday night. The university says there was a disoriented student — and staff saw suspicious chemicals in the student’s dorm.

While investigators were taking those out, students had to leave the building, until it was decided it was safe for them to return.

The Johnson County Drug Task Force and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement searched the room. A university spokesperson and investigators did not say what chemicals were in the room, only that they were consistent with drug manufacturing.

Students were allowed back into the building about two and a half hours later, but some say they spent the night with friends instead.

The disoriented student whose room was searched was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The condition and name of the student has not been released.

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