Ricin threat reported at Florida apartment complex

An apartment complex in Orlando, Florida, was recently evacuated because a man living there claimed to be in possession of the potential bioterror agent ricin.

Orlando fire officials said that despite the man's claim, there was no trace of the poison in his apartment, according to CFNews13.com.

A hazmat team initially arrived on the scene and evacuated the entire complex before beginning the search.

"We all kind of just stayed away for an hour, two hours and then they said, 'alright, you can go back in' and then they left," resident Allen Murphy said, CFNews13.com reports. "The cops didn't say anything. We don't know what it was, but it looked really serious."

Orlando fire officials later said that the man claimed to be ready to harm himself by swallowing ricin. He was taken into custody and sent to a facility to for evaluation.

Ricin is a toxin found naturally in castor beans that collects in the waste from the production of castor oil. Accidental exposure to ricin is considered very unlikely unless castor beans are intentionally ingested. Ricin can be in the form of a powder, mist or pellet, and can be dissolved in water, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.