When a suspicious white powder was found at the UCF Theta Chi house, Orange County Fire Rescue made its whey to campus to get the scoop. After two rounds of tests, officials found the substance to be no more than protein powder.
A cleaning crew was preparing the fraternity house for sorority recruitment Friday when they found a cup of powder, said UCF Police Department spokeswoman Courtney Gilmartin. After reporting it to UCF PD, Greek Park Drive was temporarily shut down and about 30 people were evacuated.
A first test indicated the substance was protein powder, but fire rescue ran a second helping just to be sure — which also proved to be no more than a harmless way of bulking up.
From the start, UCF PD believed the substance to be protein powder.
"We don't think there is much to this," Gilmartin said before the powder was tested. " ... We anticipate this wrapping up quickly."
And so it did. Police began clearing the scene around 1:40 p.m.
Theta Chi released a statement on Facebook clarifying what happened, saying a representative from UCF found a cup of BCAA workout protein powder and informed authorities assuming it was an illegal substance.
"The gentlemen of Theta Chi do not promote the use of any illegal substances and are committed to a zero-tolerance policy on the matter," according to the post.
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