Emergency crews investigate suspicious substance on Fayetteville Square

Police, firefighters, and hazmat task force members investigate a suspicious substance found on the Fayetteville square Wednesday.

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An area on the south side of the Fayetteville square was closed to traffic Wednesday afternoon while authorities investigate a suspicious substance found near the square.

Police said the substance was found inside the desk of an employee who was recently fired from a business on the square. The officer did not name the specific business.

First responders on the scene tested the substance and found it to be protein-based, raising concerns that it could be a dangerous substance.

Hazmat crews from Springdale and Bentonville have also been called in for further testing.

We’ll update this story once more information becomes available.