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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Several workers complained of headaches and were decontaminated after a white powder erupted from an envelope sent to the state attorney's office Tuesday.
Police say around 9 a.m. authorities got a call to respond to the State Attorney’s Office at 401 N. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach after an envelope in the mailroom was found to have had white powder in it. Three people working in the mail sorting room complained of headaches after the powder "poofed" out of the envelope when opened.
Police would not release who the envelope was addressed to and where it came from.
Scott said the three complained of headaches, were decontaminated at the scene then taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center for further treatment.
Scott, who noted that it is "rare" for anyone to be transported from one of these incidents, said one fire-rescue worker was also taken to Good Samaritan for possible "cardiac issue".
A conservative group is suing the Bush administration for access to documents about last fall's anthrax attacks, asserting that top officials might have known the bioterrorist attack was coming.
Larry Klayman, chairman of Judicial Watch, said administration officials said last fall that some White House staff members had begun taking the antibiotic Cipro on Sept. 11, weeks before the anthrax attacks were made public.
Initial testing of the powder was "inconclusive", according to Allen Ortman, emergency manager for the City of West Palm Beach.
"The colors didn't change the way they normally do, so there was a little bit of concern," Ortman said, adding that there's no direct threat to other people.
The powder has been sent to an FBI lab for further testing, and it could be identified within the next 24 hours, he said.
"Until that time we're going to keep the room where the powder was found sealed off," he said.
Meanwhile, Fourth Street, between Quadrille Avenue and Dixie Highway, has been closed to traffic while authorities investigate the incident.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
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I know, it's anthrax and it's from Iran!
Initial reports indicate the powder was not hazardous, but the investigation will continue, said Margaret Williams of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.