Bio-Terror Scares (2011)

BIOTERRORBIBLE.COM: The following bio-terror scares occurred within the calendar year of 2011. While some of the following reports may have been legitimate cases, most if not all of them appear to be generated man-made scares with the overall goal of convincing American and the world that it is on the precipice of a major pandemic. The fact that these bio-terror scares exist in mass confirms that an upcoming bio-terror attack is in the cards and may be played in a last ditch effort to regain political, economic and militarial control of society.

Title: SC Mayor: Odor Sickens Basketball Players, Fans
Date: January 7, 2011
Source: UT San Diego

Abstract: Dozens of fans were being screened Friday night by emergency responders after odor from a ventilation unit sickened several players and spectators at a high school basketball game.

At least two people were taken to the hospital after the odor spewed from the heating and air conditioning unit at Ridgeland High School in the southeastern part of the state, Mayor Gary Hodges told The Associated Press. No serious injuries were reported, and he did not suspect foul play.

Between 200 and 300 people were at the game when the unit at the three-year-old school turned on, sickening a basketball player and then others, the mayor said. Illnesses ranged from naseau, vomiting to skin irritation.

"We don't know what we're dealing with," Hodges said.

The players and fans were moved from the gym to another part of the school, and small groups were going through a decontamination process that involves answering questions from emergency responders. Those feeling ill must go through a more rigorous process that involves taking off their clothes to look for redness and spots.

Irritation subsided for the several people who initially had it after they left the gym.

Hodges said local hazardous materials teams were on hand, and the state Department of Health and Environmental Control was on its way.

"We're going to be here for hours finishing this decontamination process," he said (UT San Diego, 2011)

Anthrax Hoax Scare In Utah
January 20, 2011
Bio Prep Watch

Abstract: A quarter to a half-cup of a mysterious white substance on a table inside a post office in Ephraim, Utah, recently led to the closing of a post office and the adjacent street while Hazmat investigated.

The powder was found to not be anthrax or any other life-threatening substance after it was tested by Hazmat volunteers. Another local scare was present on a performing stage at nearby Snow College. It too was found to be non-threatening, the Sanpete Messenger reports.

"We never did find out what it was, except that it wasn't life threatening," Ron Rasmussen, Ephraim Police Chief said, according to the Sanpete Messenger. "We were taking no chances."

Rasmussen evacuated the office at 55 E. College Ave. and partially closed College Ave. between 100 East and Main St. for five hours. Local officers blocked access to the front of the post office and only allowed drivers to traverse College Ave. if they had legitimate business.

Both sets of powder were sent for testing and the police department is awaiting further results.

"We appreciate the cooperation of the public," Rasmussen and Brian Nielsen, Sanpete's County Sheriff, said in a joint statement, according to the Sanpete Messenger. "This was also a great exercise for our response teams and we are better prepared for the future because of it."

The image of white powder appearing suddenly on a table evoked fears of the anthrax scare of 2001, in which 17 people were infected and five died. One U.S. Senate office was shut down for decontamination for several months (Bio Prep Watch, 2011).

Title: Anthrax Scare At Swedish Post Office
Date: February 3, 2011
Bio Prep Watch

Abstract: Dalarna County police in central Sweden have determined that a fire at the Borlange post terminal was caused by a fire extinguisher, but that when the fire initially occurred it was feared that anthrax may have been involved.

The explosion caused the post office to fill with smoke and covered workers in a fine white powder. About 30 employees were treated immediately for anthrax, but it turned out to be a false alarm caused by a power extinguisher, according to

“The best thing is that it all turned out for the good,” police spokesman Sven Ake Petters said, reports.

Police received the alarm at approximately 8:20 a.m. on February 2 and found the premises filled with smoke and white powder, according to Petters.

"There were eight people in the premises to begin with, but before the police arrived and the location was sealed off there were several more who had arrived, including emergency personnel," deputy county medical officer Astrid Danielsson said, according to

Police led the investigation into the explosion, but Security Service personnel were on hand after they had been informed of the incident.

The Borlange post office is operated by Posten, formerly Sweden’s postal monopoly. The terminal was evacuated immediately after the incident occurred (Bio Prep Watch, 2011).

Title: White Powder Found At ABC’s New York Office
Date: March 4, 2011
Bio Prep Watch

Abstract: ABC announced recently that a suspicious pile of white powder that had been found in their New York office was actually instant soup.

ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said that employees were back at their desks in the building located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and that the all clear had been given, according to Reuters.

Authorities have been on the alert for mail laced with white powder since the anthrax attacks of 2001. During the attacks, envelopes containing anthrax were sent to the offices of lawmakers and media outlets. Five people died as a result.

In 2009, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its findings, which have not gone over well with some in congress.

The FBI believes a sole individual is responsible for the mailings – Bruce Ivins, a U.S. Army scientist that worked at the Army’s biodefense lab in Fort Detrick Maryland. Ivins committed suicide as authorities closed in on him as their suspect.

To some on Capitol Hill, the question remains whether or not Ivins worked alone on the anthrax mailings. Some believe Ivins must have had help in handling the deadly contagion.

"Were there people who at the very least were accessories after the fact? I think there were," Patrick Leahy, who was targeted during that time, said, according to the Washington Post.

"It is mystifying. Given the limited number of people who have experience with anthrax, you just wouldn't think it would be this hard," an official familiar with the investigation said, according to the Washington Post (Bio Prep Watch, 2011).

Title: Anthrax Hoax Letter Sent To Florida Congressman
Date: April 11, 2011
Bio Prep Watch

Abstract: A white powdery substance that was mailed to Representative Allen West, a Florida congressman, on Friday was determined to not be a dangerous material by local emergency officials in Boca Raton, Florida.

The envelope that contained the white powder also included a letter that made derogatory statements toward West, reports. The letter also mentioned anthrax by name.

"It came back as a non-biological threat," Frank Correggio of Boca Raton Fire-Rescue, the team that responded to the report, said, according to “We don't know what it is yet, but we know it's not hazardous.”

The FBI will lead an investigation to find out the origin of the substance along with the Joint Terrorism task force for South Florida. The letter was picked up from the Post Office in Deerfield Beach, Florida, before it reached West’s campaign office for Boca Raton.

West has two congressional offices in Florida.

“I thoroughly condemn this act,” West said, according to “I am deeply disturbed at this incident which threatened a member of our campaign staff. (We are) taking the necessary precautions with regard to incoming mail.”

No one was harmed during the incident.

According to the Palm Beach Post, West rode in on a tide of Tea Party support in November, taking the U.S. House District 22 seat from incumbent Ron Klein (Bio Prep Watch, 2011).

Title: Anthrax Hoax Letters Sent To Washington D.C. Schools
Date: May 6, 2011
Bio Prep Watch

Abstract: Approximately 30 letters filled with a white powdery substance were delivered to District of Columbia schools on May 5.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has said that letters are similar to those mailed to schools elsewhere in the United States over the past several weeks, according to

Testing by hazardous materials teams has found that the white powder in the letters was not harmful, according to the Associated Press.

One official, under the condition of anonymity, told the AP that the substance had the look and consistency of corn starch. The letters contained references to al-Qaeda and the FBI and were sent from out of state to 29 different schools in the district.

An image of one of the letters obtained by WRC-TV in Washington showed a Dallas postmark. The stamp appeared to be canceled on May 2, the day after the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by U.S. forces was announced to the nation.

James McJunkin, head of the FBI’s Washington D.C. field office, would not comment on what other schools in the nation received similar letters. He noted that the letters were addressed to the schools themselves and not to individuals.

“I think it’s a dastardly act,” Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said, according to “It alarms people unnecessarily.”

District schools began receiving the letters around 1 p.m. on Thursday. Some of the district’s schools operated normally throughout the day, but others evacuated to be safe (Bio Prep Watch, 2012).

Title: Powder Grounds Alaska Airlines Flight
Date: May 19, 2011
Bio Prep Watch

Abstract: The flight crew of an Alaska Airlines flight departing Seattle, Washington ,and headed to Santa Ana, California, this week notified authorities of an unknown white powder in the back lavatory that turned out to be toilet paper.

After the 1,000-mile flight landed, law enforcement officers, fire department crews and hazardous materials experts circled the plane after it touched down at John Wayne Airport on April 22 at 4 p.m., KTVU reports.

The 151 passengers and six crew members deplaned as authorities climbed aboard. Members of the county’s sheriff department along with members of the Orange County Fire Authority tested the suspicious substance.

Upon further investigation, Capt. Greg McKeown, the fire department’s spokesperson, told KTVU that the white dust was determined to be a “cellulose paper material” or, in simpler terms, what appeared to be toilet paper.

After the powder was determined to be nonhazardous, the aircraft went back into service.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anthrax is caused by Bacillus anthracis, a spore-forming bacterium. Anthrax was used as a weapon in 2001 as it was deliberately spread through the postal system, causing 22 cases of anthrax infection.

Anthrax is classified as a category A bioterrorism agent that may pose the greatest possible threat for a bad effect on public health, needs a great deal of planning to protect the public’s health and may spread across a large area or require public awareness (Bio Prep Watch, 2011).

Title: Anthrax Hoax Reported In Calif.
Date: June 2, 2011
Bio Prep Watch

Abstract: An anthrax scare that caused six people to be examined on Wednesday at Dole Food Co. in Westlake Village, Calif., was determined to be a false alarm by a hazardous materials response team.

Emergency personnel responded to a report of a suspicious package at the Dole corporate offices at 9:24 a.m., according to Inspector Matt Levesque, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesperson, the Ventura County Star reports.

Six employees opened the package, which was addressed in Spanish, before learning some of the writing on it said it contained anthrax. A hazardous materials response team, personnel from the Department of Homeland Security and personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene after the report.

The teams determined the package was not harmful and the incident was a false alarm, according to the Ventura County Star. The six employees were examined and showed no sign of exposure to a harmful substance. The building was not evacuated during the ordeal.

Anthrax was used as a weapon in the United States in 2001 when it was deliberately spread through the postal system by sending letters containing an anthrax powder. This led to 22 cases of anthrax infection.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anthrax is caused by Bacillus anthracis and, if inhaled, can lead to cold- or flu-like symptoms at first that can become deadly if not treated (Bio Prep Watch, 2011).

Title: Anthrax Hoax Mailed To Colorado Department Of Revenue
Date: June 3, 2011
Bio Prep Watch

Abstract: A Kremmling, Colo., man who mailed white powder to a state Department of Revenue employee on Wednesday, May 25, included dozens of pages in protest of paying state taxes.

Matthew O’Neill was arrested by the FBI on Tuesday without incident for allegedly providing false information and for perpetrating hoaxes related to a terrorism offense. After an evacuation of over 500 employees, the powder was found to be benign sodium bicarbonate, not the chemical or biological agent officials had feared, the Denver Post reports.

O’Neill faces up to five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

The documents included in the manila envelope showed that O’Neill owed $15,427 in back taxes from 2006 and 2007 and that the state intended to file a lien to collect $8,694 of the amount due, which O’Neill disputed.

"O'Neill has sent several documents that express his views as a sovereign citizen, and he believes that he does not have to pay state or federal taxes," James Colyer, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force officer wrote after interviewing revenue department employee Jennifer Tate, according to the Denver Post.

Tate had been assigned O’Neill’s dispute and was the one who received the package on May 25. The envelope also included a mailing address that FBI agents tracked back to O’Neill’s home address, copies of documents the state had previously sent to him and a signature that authorities say matches the one on his driver’s license.

To diffuse the situation on May 25, the Colorado State Patrol, the Denver police, the Denver fire hazmat and a terrorism task force were called to the scene.

O’Neill was scheduled to be advised of the charge on Wednesday in Denver (Bio Prep Watch, 2011).

Title: White Powder Sent To St. Petersburg Times
Date: July 6, 2011
Bio Prep Watch

Abstract: Firefighters in St. Petersburg, Fla., responded to white powder found in an envelope at the downtown office of the St. Petersburg Times on Tuesday.

The powder was found on the sixth floor in the customer service department. A section of the floor was isolated and those on the sixth and seventh floors were asked to not move around while firefighters removed the envelope. This is the third time since 2001 that the office has received an envelope with white powder, the St. Petersburg Times reports.

Fire crews in hazardous materials gear arrived at 490 First Ave. S. after receiving a call at 10:48 a.m. While the contents of the envelope will be sent to a lab to be analyzed, preliminary tests found no protein, which rules out active biological substances like anthrax, Lt. Joel Granata, a St. Petersburg Fire Rescue spokesman, said, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

The hazmat crew washed its equipment outside after leaving the building according to procedure. The newsroom and the rest of the building operated normally during the investigation.

In the previous two instances that white powder was discovered at the office, the powder was found to be harmless.

Anthrax was used as a weapon in the United States in 2001 when it was deliberately spread through the postal system when letters containing anthrax-laced powder caused 22 cases of infection (Bio Prep Watch, 2011).

Title: FBI Investigating Link Between Ferguson, Letterman Threats
Date: August 25, 2011
Bio Prep Watch

Abstract: The Federal Bureau of Investigation is searching for any possible links between a threatening letter and white powder sent to Craig Ferguson and an internet threat to David Letterman.

Officials stressed that while they are looking into a connection, there is no evidence of such a link, the Chicago Tribune reports. Both men host late-night CBS talk shows. Earlier this month, an internet jihadist threatened that he would cut out Letterman's tongue.

"It's something we are going to look into," Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "It will be part of our investigation if there is a link."

On Tuesday, two employees opened the letter at the CBS-TV studios in the 7800 block of Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, before the taping of Ferguson's "The Late Late Show," the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division of the LAPD were investigating with the FBI and authorities in Europe, where the letter may have originated, officer Karen Rayner said, Reuters reports.

The threat was posted by a contributor on a website using the name Umar al-Basrawi. The threat was in response to Letterman's comments about the early June death-by-airstrike of Ilyas Kashmiri, al-Qaeda's alleged new leader, after U.S. Special Forces killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan earlier this year
(Bio Prep Watch, 2011).

Title: Anthrax Scare In Italy
Date: September 15, 2011
Bio Prep Watch

Abstract: According to Italian officials, a blue powder that was found in a central post office in Via Romoli in Turin, Italy, contains no anthrax.

The suspicious powder was found on Tuesday at approximately 6:30 p.m., AGI News. Employees remained for hours in the post office waiting for test results as required by security procedures.

Tests found that there was no anthrax or similar substances in the powder and that the powder appeared to be detergent or residue from a fire extinguisher.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anthrax is a serious disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, which is a spore-forming bacterium. There are three types of anthrax – cutaneous, inhalation and gastrointestinal.

Humans can become infected with anthrax by handling products from infected animals, breathing in spores from infected animal products or from eating undercooked meat from infected animals.
Anthrax can also be used as a weapon, which occurred in the United States in 2001 when it was deliberately spread through the postal system using letters containing powdered anthrax. The attacks caused 22 cases of anthrax infection and five deaths.

Anthrax is treated differently depending on if symptoms have begun to arise. After potential exposure, treatment includes antibiotics combined with the anthrax vaccine. Treatment after symptoms have begun is typically a 60 day course of antibiotics (Bio Prep Watch, 2011).

Title: Anthrax Hoax Letter Hits Wash. Courthouse
Date: September 16, 2011
Bio Prep Watch

Abstract: Local officials in Bellingham, Wash., say that a suspicious white powder prompting the evacuation of the Whatcom County courthouse turned out to be harmless.

A suspicious substance was delivered to the Superior Court clerk's office on Wednesday at approximately 1:20 p.m., KGMI reports.
The courthouse was then emptied and the local sheriff's office responded along with the Bellingham fire department and hazmat team.

County Executive Pete Kremen said that the mysterious white powder in the envelope turned out to be aspirin. Twenty-two people were held in the building during the testing of the envelope, according to KGMI.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anthrax is a serious disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax was used as a weapon in the 2001 postal system attacks in the United States. Powder containing the bacterium was deliberately spread through letters, causing 22 cases of anthrax infection in total and five deaths.

The CDC classifies anthrax as a Category A bioterrorism agent, which means that it may require a great deal of planning to protect the public's health, may spread across a large area or need public awareness, and it may pose the greatest possible threat for bad effects on public health.
In most cases, early treatment with antibiotics will cure cutaneous anthrax. Even if untreated, 80 percent of people who become infected with cutaneous anthrax do not die (Bio Prep Watch, 2011).

Title: Condoleezza Rice On The Moment She Thought President Bush Could Have Been Poisoned
Date: November 1, 2011
Source: ABC News

AbstractIt was just a few weeks after September 11, 2001 when Condoleezza Rice accompanied the president on a trip to China for the APEC summit. In Shanghai Vice President Cheney appeared on a secure video conference line and delivered President George W. Bush this message:

“The Vice President came on the screen and said that the White House detectors have detected botulinum toxin, and we were all– those of who exposed were going to die,” Rice told me.

He said that?

“Yes, he said that.  And I remember everybody just sort of freezing, and the President saying, ‘What was that? What was that, Dick?’” Rice, who was the National Security Advisor at the time, said.

Botulinum toxin is, according to the Center for Biosecurity, the “most poisonous substance known” and “extremely potent and lethal.”

The exposure time meant that she and those on the trip — Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Chief of Staff Andy Card — were all at risk, Rice told me.

“We were just a little unnerved,” she said.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson sent the samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be tested on laboratory mice, she said. Rice writes in her new memoir, “No Higher Honor”, that after that call Bush directed her to “find out what the hell is going on” from her deputy, Steven Hadley.

“[Hadley] has this very dry sense of humor.  And he said, ‘Let me put it this way.  If the mice are feet up, we’re toast.  If the mice are feet down, we’re fine,’” Rice told me.

“Wait a second. For 24 hours we didn’t know if the President had been poisoned?” I asked.

“For 24 hours, we were in Shanghai, we did not know the results of those tests,” she said.

Rice writes that they acted “as if nothing had happened,” but she wondered if “we’d get home before the toxin acted.”

Around noon the next day Hadley called Rice to give her the results – it was a false alarm.

“He said, ‘The mice are feet down.’  I went back to the President, and he was sitting next to the Chinese, and I said ‘The mice are feet down.’  And the President said, ‘That’s a good thing,’ and I’m sure the Chinese who probably got a translation thought it was some sort of code,” Rice told me (ABC News, 2011).

Title: West Virginia Post Office Evacuated After Reported Package Explosion
Date: November 4, 2011
Source: NBC News

Abstract: Authorities say a report of an exploding package and white powder at a West Virginia post office turned out to be just a malfunctioning fluorescent light bulb.

Firefighter and incident spokesman Ronald Fletcher says the ``pop'' heard by postal workers in the town of Ranson was the bulb exploding. He said the reported white powder was likely smoke from the broken light.

And a suspicious package in a storage locker turned out to contain only cookies.

The scare Friday morning triggered the evacuation and temporary quarantine of 15 people.

Fletcher says a robot sent into the building found no chemical agents in the air. Authorities then X-rayed the package in question.

Despite the six-hour disruption in operations, postal authorities said the mail would still be delivered Friday (NBC News, 2011).

Title: Jogger Triggers Anthrax Scare In California
Date: December 1, 2011
Bio Prep Watch

Abstract: According to police in San Jose, California, a man who was wearing what looked like a gas mask and body armor who dropped a package into a post office box, causing fears of an anthrax attack, was just exercising in strange workout gear.

A post office customer saw the man in the mask and vest and called the police. The Tuesday incident launched a full-scale police response, including a bomb squad and a robot. The post office was on lockdown until 4:30 p.m., with 150 employees and customers tucked in the back of the building, Mercury News reports.

"The guy said he was wearing a cardio mask," Sgt. Jason Dwyer said, according to Mercury News. "It was his cardio day and he was trying to lose weight."

The San Jose police bomb squad, the fire department's hazardous materials unit and the postal inspector responded to the call. A robot detonated the package, which turned out to be several calendars.

Long Hoang, a student at Cal State East Bay in Hayward, was taking part in a CrossFit exercise routine in which a mask is worn to simulate high-altitude training, according to Mercury News. Hoang said he mistakenly received a package of calendars at his home and he went to the post office to mail them back to the proper recipient while on an exercise run. After realizing his actions had caused a commotion, Hoang called police to say he was the suspicious man- a nursing student trying to get into shape.

"It was like straight out of a movie," Hoang said, according to Mercury News. "Some of my friends are telling me, 'Hello? 9/11? Anthrax? Blah. Blah. Blah.' And I'm just thinking about my finals and staying in my own little zone" (Bio Prep Watch, 2011).

Title: Anthrax Scare Closes Tennessee Courthouse
Date: December 8, 2011
Bio Prep Watch

Abstract: An anthrax scare recently forced the closure of the Bradley County Courthouse in Cleveland, Tennessee, after a court clerk opened an envelope containing a white powder.

Local authorities, including a hazardous materials team, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department and Cleveland Police, responded to the scene and cordoned off the block surrounding the courthouse, according to

Employees who may have been exposed to the powder in the circuit court clerk’s office were taken to a medical van and then to a local hospital. They returned after the courthouse was reopened later in the day, reports.

"The postal service has a piece of equipment that allowed them to actually field test this substance to see if it was a hazardous substance or not,” Bob Gault, a spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, said, according to “The person manning that piece of equipment suited up an in air-tight suit and went into the courthouse office…did the field test and showed it was not hazardous..and that it was, actually, talcum powder."

The envelope containing the powder had the words “state penitentiary” written on one side. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified and is currently evaluating the envelope and the powder it contained (Bio Prep Watch, 2011).

Title: Christmas Market Visitors Poisoned
Date: December 9, 2011
The Local 

Abstract: Police are hunting a man who visited two Christmas markets in Berlin Thursday evening and offered visitors a swig of a poisonous beverage that so sickened them that they had to be hospitalised.

The man first was seen at a market in the capital’s Charlottenburg district, where he told two foreign visitors he was a new father and wanted to celebrate by offering them free drinks of alcohol, Der Tagesspiegel newspaper reported on Friday.

Shortly after drinking, the 26-year-old Italian and 24-year-old Slovakian fell seriously ill, suffering seizures and vomiting, police said. The 24-year-old was taken to the hospital after falling unconscious.

At about 9 pm the man was spotted again at a holiday market in the Mitte district. He repeated the same story to three women in their 20s, who accepted drinks. After they began vomiting and drifting out of consciousness, officials rushed them to a clinic, the newspaper reported.

Police said the victims may have been given a mixture of alcohol and so-called “knockout drops” meant to render people unconscious so they can be robbed or sexually assaulted.

But because the man did not rob or otherwise assault the Christmas market victims, it is unclear what his actual malevolent motivation may have been other than making people sick.

Police are now searching for a slim man in his mid-40s, about 1.8 metres tall with short, dark blond hair (The Local, 2011).

Title: Anthrax Hoax To Cost Tennessee Town $15,000
Date: December 21, 2011
Bio Prep Watch

Abstract: A recent anthrax hoax involving a letter containing white powder sent to the Bradley County Courthouse in Knoxville, Tennessee, may prove to cost at least $15,000 locally as a federal investigation continues.

The incident occurred when a clerk in the Circuit Court Clerk's office opened the envelope containing the powder on December 7 at 1 p.m. Authorities were notified and the courthouse was closed down for approximately four hours. Investigators from the U.S. Postal Service identified the substance inside as talcum powder, Cleveland Daily Banner reports.

The potential anthrax scare required emergency response and containment by the Bradley County Sheriff's Office Court Security and the Cleveland Fire Department. Six people went through a decontamination process by the fire department and were later transported to SkyRidge Medical Center. The department then guarded the perimeter of the courthouse.

An estimate by BCSO officials put the costs for its initial involvement at $2,700, with a final figure including follow-up investigation ranging between $6,000 and $8,000. The Cleveland Fire Department estimated approximately $1,400 in labor and $1,600 in equipment costs. The Bradley County Fire Rescue Department estimated that his department's involvement cost was approximately $400.

Aside from the costs, the teams involved learned valuable information about how to deal with a real situation in the future.

“We train regularly for these type situations,” Troy Spence, the director of the Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency, said, according to Cleveland Daily Banner. “Of course with each exercise or actual incident, we learn how to handle situations differently and this … hoax will also yield how we do things in the future”
(Bio Prep Watch, 2011).

Title: White Powder Scare Hits West Virginia Insurance Agency
Date: December 30, 2011
Source: Bio Prep Watch

Abstract: A Charleston, West Virginia, insurance agency was recently evacuated after an employee noticed a suspicious white powder inside an envelope mailed to the building.

An employee of the Travelers Insurance Agency called first responders at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning after touching a white powder that came from an unknown envelope. The building was immediately evacuated and local police blocked off the street in front, according to

The Charleston Fire Department arrived with a hazardous materials testing kit and checked both the envelope and the surrounding area.

Charleston Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Owen Hawk said the firefighters did not see the actual powder because the employee washed it off her hands immediately.

Hawk said the tests came back negative for all hazardous substances, including anthrax, reports. The testing revealed the residue to be non-organic, which means it was most likely a by-product of the sorting or mailing process.

The scene was cleared in approximately one hour and employees returned for work when the firefighters finished, according to

"We don't get those calls near as much as we use to," Hawk said, reports. "But we take all these calls seriously and luckily this it wasn't anything to be serious about."

The employee who reported the powder will be monitored in the days ahead to see if she develops any health-related complications (Bio Prep Watch, 2011).