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Tompkins County Public Safety Building evacuated Wednesday morning

The Tompkins County Public Safety Building was evacuated for a short time Wednesday morning after reports of smoke in a control room.

The cause of the smoke as been identified as a malfunctioning gate that jammed and caused smoke in the facilities’ control room.

“At approximately 10 a.m. a jammed outside gate was discovered, which caused a component of the control panel inside the facility to fail, creating a small amount of smoke,” said Tompkins County Public Information Officer Marcia Lynch in a statement Wednesday morning.

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