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A report on The Washington Post shared the discovery of a drug lab in a dorm room at Harbin Hall, the freshman residence hall of Georgetown University.

According to the report, a resident of Harbin Hall reported a strange order coming from a room on the 9th floor to campus police. The call was made at 5 a.m. on Saturday, and when officers came to investigate, they found various chemicals, based on a statement from Pete Piringer, spokesman for the D.C. Fire Department. “They did have some heating equipment. They did have a ventilation system,” he said.

The 400 residents of the 9-floor dorm were evacuated at 6 in the morning and were sent to the dining hall or the student center. Seven people were checked for exposure to the chemicals, but all were cleared.

Two male students and a campus visitor were arrested in connection with the incident on Saturday morning and were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Initially, authorities thought that they had stumbled upon a meth lab. An investigation later in the day revealed that the production that was going on in the room was for dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, a hallucinogenic, based on the chemicals that were retrieved from the area.

The chemicals were removed from the room in question by authorities on Saturday afternoon. Julie Green Bataille, the spokeswoman for Georgetown University, said that there were no indications that the toxins spread: “It appears to be confined to that one room… It will have to be decontaminated.”