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Ogden IRS building lockdown ends

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OGDEN — A possible threat forced the IRS building in Ogden to go on lockdown Friday night.

The lockdown ended around 10 p.m. after a hazardous materials team on the scene determined the suspicious substance being investigated didn't pose a threat.

A frightened employee notified KSL and the Deseret News in the midst of the lockdown, saying she was stuck.

The woman said it began at 6 p.m. By 7:30, Weber County sheriffs and a hazardous materials team were called to the scene. Because it's a federal building, FBI personnel were also called to the site.

Around 9:30, about two dozen people left the building and headed to their cars without speaking to reporters. Since then, people have trickled out in small groups of two or three but nobody is speaking about what happened.

The Ogden IRS center is one of the largest in the country, employing thousands of Utahns.

This isn't the first scare. Last year hazmat crews searched the area for a white powdery substance believed to be anthrax. Two IRS employees were carried out of the building on stretchers, but their condition was unrelated. Hazmat crews were unable to find any hazardous material on scene.