TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — A Towson University student threw an unknown during commencement at SECU Arena Wednesday, leading the university to call local officials to investigate out of an abundance of caution.

The graduating student threw the substance while walking across the stage.

According to the university, the ceremony continued as planned, while the student was removed and questioned by Towson University Police. The hazmat-related incident in the 800 block of York Road was reported to Baltimore County officials around 5:12 p.m.

People were leaving the building as crews arrived on the scene. It was not evacuated as Baltimore County Fire previously reported.

Towson Univeristy issued a statement Wednesday about the incident.

“Earlier today during a commencement ceremony, a graduating student released an unknown substance in celebration while walking across the stage. The ceremony continued as planned, as the student was removed and questioned by TUPD, and at no time was anyone in harm’s way. After the conclusion of the ceremony, out of an abundance of caution, Baltimore County Hazmat was called to the scene to investigate. TUPD and Baltimore County will continue to jointly investigate.”

There are no injuries to report at this time.

Stay with WJZ on this developing story. 


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