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  • Powder falling inside SJ-bound plane triggers haz-mat response

    01/13/2017 5:04:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | Updated 10:59 pm, Thursday, January 12, 2017 | Michael Bodley
    Two flight attendants on Flight 322, which departed Seattle just before 5 p.m., reported feeling ill after the powder intermittently sprinkled down from an air vent in the galley at the front of the plane, said the spokeswoman, Ann Zaninovich. One was taken to a hospital to be evaluated, she said, adding that no passengers reported any symptoms and the plane’s pilots were not affected. A preliminary investigation into the plane, which landed just before 7 p.m., revealed that the substance was probably residue from the aircraft’s de-icing system, which isn’t toxic, she said. Emergency crews — including the San...
  • Metropolitan Opera Cancels Performance After White Substance Is Tossed Into Orchestra Pit

    10/29/2016 6:10:17 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | OCT. 29, 2016 | MICHAEL COOPER and CHRISTOPHER MELE
    An audience member at the Metropolitan Opera threw a white powdery substance into the orchestra pit on Saturday during an intermission of the afternoon performance of Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell,” officials said, prompting the company to cancel the rest of the show and that night’s performance of “L’Italiana in Algeri” while the police investigated.
  • Islamic State fired crude chemical weapons on US troops – Pentagon

    09/21/2016 11:04:46 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 21 2016 | Spencer Ackerman in New York
    Islamic State forces have fired crude chemical weapons at US troops in Iraq, the Pentagon has confirmed, a startling disclosure that US officials promptly downplayed as resulting in no deaths or injuries. The attack came from a powdered mustard agent delivered in a mortar or rocket shell and fired on US forces on Tuesday at the Qayyarah West air base near Mosul. The air base, recaptured from Isis in July, is a pivotal staging ground for a highly anticipated attack on Mosul, Isis’s capital in Iraq approximately 40 miles (65km) to the north. Related: The harrowing story of the woman...
  • ATF Backs Off on Wetted Nitrocellulose, Smokeless Powder Production (temporarily) Uneffected

    09/03/2016 7:40:28 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | September 1, 2016
    The rumor is circulating that new federal regulations / reclassification of Wetted Nitrocellulose by ATF will put an end to domestic smokeless powder production in the U.S. This is both true and not true. The BATFE proposed a new regulation for the storage, transportation and documentation of “wetted nitrocellulose,” which is a precursor for manufacture of smokeless powder. This proposed regulation would make compliance so difficult and expensive that it could cut off domestic production. However, because of industry input about the possible consequences of this proposed regulation, the BATFE has decided to withdraw it for further consideration. It could...
  • White powder found in Trump Tower mailroom; 6 being evaluated

    04/28/2016 6:13:59 PM PDT · by xzins · 51 replies ^ | 28 Apr 16 | ABC
    White powder found in Trump Tower mailroom; 6 being evaluated NEW YORK (WABC) -- The FDNY, EMS, and NYPD were called to Trump Tower in Manhattan after a suspicious white powder was found. The powder was discovered around 8:15 p.m. in the 5th floor mailroom. A Trump Campaign source tells ABC News the 5th floor offices have been evacuated at Trump Tower, but most staff had already left for the day.
  • Man pleads guilty to sending white powder to Jewish orgs

    04/12/2016 12:55:20 PM PDT · by Lera · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/12/2016 | JTA
    Suspicious white powder, together with vile anti-Semitic rant, triggered security scare; man could face year in prison. A Boulder man accused of sending letters containing a suspicious white powder to two Jewish organizations in the Colorado city pleaded guilty. Jeffery Thomas Klinkel, 34, pleaded guilty late last month to one count each of felony menacing and using a hoax chemical or biological weapon, the Daily Camera reported Monday. He will be sentenced on June 1 and faces up to five years in prison. On April 6, 2015, the Boulder JCC received a letter that read, "This Goyim is enjoying the...

    02/24/2016 9:18:17 AM PST · by Raycpa · 31 replies
    Accounting Today ^ | 2/24/2016 | By Admin
    <p>A taxpayer has been charged with mailing a threatening communication after he responded to a notice from the Internal Revenue Service about overdue taxes by scribbling a profanity on the letter and mailing it back to the IRS.</p> <p>Enrique Santiago of the Bronx, N.Y., allegedly wrote, “I do not live at this address anymore, so go f–k yourself,” on the IRS notice and told the post office to return it to the sender. The IRS had intended the notice for his nephew, named Enrique A. Santiago, but he had moved out of the elder Santiago’s home a month earlier after a “physical altercation” with his uncle, according to the New York Post. Santiago shares a similar name with his nephew, who owes the IRS $3,032.57 in unpaid taxes.</p>
  • Could metal particles be the clean fuel of the future?

    12/20/2015 2:14:30 PM PST · by Lurkina.n.Learnin · 38 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | December 9, 2015 | McGill University
    Can you imagine a future where your car is fueled by iron powder instead of gasoline? Metal powders, produced using clean primary energy sources, could provide a more viable long-term replacement for fossil fuels than other widely discussed alternatives, such as hydrogen, biofuels or batteries, according to a study in the Dec. 15 issue of the journal Applied Energy. "Technologies to generate clean electricity -- primarily solar and wind power -- are being developed rapidly; but we can't use that electricity for many of the things that oil and gas are used for today, such as transportation and global energy...
  • FBI Investigating Suspicious Letters to Many Oregon Sheriffs

    07/28/2015 12:24:59 PM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 27, 2015 | M. Alex Johnson
    Haz-mat teams and federal investigators responded across Oregon on Monday after numerous sheriffs received suspicious mail, some of it delivering an unknown substance, authorities told NBC News.
  • Envelope tests positive for anthrax in the Bahamas

    10/21/2001 11:38:34 PM PDT · by grimalkin · 17 replies · 337+ views
    Ananova ^ | Monday 22nd October 2001 | Ananova
    An envelope containing white powder in a Nassau post office has initially tested positive for anthrax. This is the first discovery of anthrax in the Caribbean, officials say. The letter was destined for a Bahamas address and had a local stamp, claims Police Commissioner Paul Farquharson. Investigators are naming the recipient or whether the envelope had a return address. Lab tests at a Nassau hospital indicate the presence of anthrax spores, says Chief Medical Officer Marceline Dahl-Regis. Officials are now waiting for the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm it the bacterium. None of the 10 employees ...
  • Best place to get primers, powder and bullets for reloading?

    01/26/2015 4:59:59 AM PST · by kyperman · 29 replies
    1/26/2015 | kyperman
    I am thinking about getting into reloading, want to know where the best place to buy supplies is...websites, etc....not that I have any guns, all lost is that stupid boating accident years ago.
  • Belgians Detain Iraqi Suspected Of Mailing Nerve Gas Chemical

    06/08/2003 9:32:35 PM PDT · by Wallaby · 16 replies · 299+ views
    The New York Times | June 6, 2003 | Reuters
    Not for commercial use. Solely to be used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. Belgians Detain Iraqi Suspected Of Mailing Nerve Gas Chemical Reuters The New York Times Section A; Page 16; Column 5; Foreign Desk June 6, 2003, Friday, Late Edition - Final BRUSSELS, June 5 The Belgian police said today that they had detained an Iraqi man after 10 letters containing a nerve gas ingredient were sent to the prime minister's office, the American and British Embassies and a court trying suspected members of Al Qaeda. Inside the letters was a brownish-yellow powder that contained phenarsazine chloride, an...
  • Belgium Detains Iraqi Man in Toxic Letters Case

    06/05/2003 1:02:10 PM PDT · by Shermy · 17 replies · 208+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 5, 2003
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian prosecutors said on Thursday they had detained a man of Iraqi nationality after a series of letters containing a nerve gas ingredient were sent to the prime minister's office and the U.S. and British embassies. A spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor's office told a news conference the 45-year-old man was arrested late on Wednesday in the western Belgian town of Deinze. Two postal workers were taken to hospital after being exposed to the chemicals in the letters at mail depots. No one else was hurt by the 10 letters sent to a variety of targets, including...
  • Powder in Georgetown Room Tests Positive for Ricin; ‘No Immediate Threat,’ University Says

    03/19/2014 4:59:46 PM PDT · by kristinn · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | Clarence Williams
    A white powder found Tuesday in a Georgetown University dorm room tested positive for ricin, but the university said Wednesday that there was no immediate threat to the community. Law enforcement officials said they believed there was no connection to terrorism. In an email to the campus community Wednesday afternoon, school officials said a substance that was removed from a room in the McCarthy Hall dormitory tested positive for ricin. The white powder can cause respiratory distress, respiratory failure, and multi-organ dysfunction, according to the Centers for Disease Control. SNIP FBI spokeswoman Jacqueline Maguire said no arrests had been made...
  • Palm Beach Fire Rescue investigating reports of white powder at PBIA

    04/07/2014 7:40:36 AM PDT · by Cementjungle · 20 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 4/7/2014 | Hannah Winston
    Palm Beach Fire Rescue is investigating reports of white powder found at Palm Beach International Airport. Crews were called to the scene just after 10 a.m. Check back for updates on this breaking news story
  • Letter and powder spark alarm at US consulate (in Berlin, Germany)

    12/27/2013 8:33:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies ^ | 27 Dec 2013 14:59 GMT+01:00
    US consulate staff in Berlin found a package on Friday containing white powder and a threatening letter addressed to president Barack Obama.According to Berlin newspaper the BZ, three members of consulate staff came into contact with the unidentified powder, and a suspicious liquid. …
  • Black Powder vs Smokeless Powder (video only)

    07/05/2013 7:38:10 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies ^ | 7-4-2013 | hickok45
    A basics video to show the difference between black powder and smokeless powder. Many who hear these terms are likely not clear as to what is meant or have some misconceptions.
  • Reid bill would require background checks to purchase explosive powders

    04/25/2013 5:45:42 AM PDT · by opentalk · 199 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2013
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require background checks to be run on anyone buying explosive powder, a reaction to last week's Boston Marathon bombing. Reid introduced the bill, S. 792, for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who has been out sick for much of the year. But in a press statement, Lautenberg said the Boston bombing shows that background checks are needed for explosive materials. "It defies common sense that anyone, even a terrorist, can walk into a store in America and buy explosive powders without a background check or any questions asked,"...
  • Ressam gets 22 years for millennium bomb plot

    12/03/2008 3:16:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 504+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | December 3, 2008 | Mike Carter
    Ahmed Ressam was resentenced this morning to 22 years in federal prison for conspiring to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport despite telling a judge that he recanted everything he has told the federal government about terrorist activities. Federal prosecutors had urged U.S. District Judge John Coughenour to send Ressam to prison for life — a sentence Ressam said he would accept now that he had cleared his conscience about his cooperation, which ended in 2003. Prosecutors pointed out that Ressam's defiance has cost two high-profile terrorism prosecutions so far, and that Ressam has actively tried to help the cases...
  • Emergency at CBS Studios White Powder in Mailroom

    09/28/2011 3:30:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    TMZ ^ | 9/28/11 | staff
    Police and emergency vehicles arrived to CBS Television City in Hollywood moments ago ... after someone reported that white powder spilled out of a letter in the CBS mailroom. Law enforcement sources confirm ... cops are investigating the scene. Sources on the lot tell TMZ ... the letter was NOT addressed to anyone on "Dancing with the Stars" ... but so far, it's unclear who the intended recipient was. It's not the first time CBS has had an anthrax scare -- just last year, the studio went on lockdown when production staff found white powder in a letter addressed to...
  • Today In History: The Battle Of Bunker Hill

    06/17/2011 7:56:38 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 17 replies
    Vanity ^ | 06/17/11 | Ard
    The Battle of Bunker Hill, a battle fought in the American Revolutionary War, occurred on June 17, 1775 between the American Revolutionary forces under the command of General Israel Putnam, and the British forces under the command of Major General William Howe. Howe was determined to take Charlestown Heights, overlooking Boston harbor. It was actually fought on nearby Breed's Hill, when Colonel William Prescott erred and set up his 1200 men at that location and began to construct earthworks. It is considered to be the bloodiest battle of the American Revolutionary War. Despite being repelled twice, the British were successful...
  • 13 letters with white substance sent to metro businesses (MN)

    01/07/2011 3:57:22 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 1 replies ^ | 1/7/11 | Vince Tuss
    The FBI is investigating 13 threatening letters with a white powder and sent to Twin Cities stores. The letters went to eight Home Depots around the metro area and five Renewal By Andersen businesses, the FBI said in a statement released late Friday. The substance in 12 letters, analyzed by the Minnesota Department of Health, has been identified as sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, and is not dangerous, according to the FBI. The last letter won't be analyzed until early next week. The first letter was received Dec. 31 and the last on Thursday, according to the FBI. The return...
  • Leak City (Oliver North)

    07/29/2010 9:10:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies · 2+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 30, 2010 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — In most administrations, "leaks" of classified information precipitate presidential ire. Nearly all such unauthorized disclosures are the consequence of disgruntled government employees deciding that a "leak" is the best way to stop some activity they have decided should not continue. To justify their unlawful actions, they call themselves "secret whistle-blowers." The so-called "mainstream media" love them. Most American presidents do not. That's what makes the current commander in chief's reactions to a whole series of "leaks" so unusual. President Barack Obama doesn't seem to be concerned at all. President Ronald Reagan was infuriated by the publication and broadcast...
  • Baghdad leaders reveal that coup plot duped MI6

    02/07/2004 4:39:52 PM PST · by Valin · 6 replies · 245+ views
    Baghdad leaders reveal that coup plot duped MI6 Julie Flint explains how rumours of Saddam's overthrow caused British intelligence to miss vital information about Iraq's weapons programme British intelligence took its eyes off Saddam Hussein's weapons programmes because it had been duped into believing a military coup would leave Sunni Muslims in power in Iraq. Sources in the country say what they missed was a push to convert chemical and biological organisms into dry agents that could be hidden until pressure on the regime was lifted. 'From the second half of 2000, the focus of the British was not on...
  • Anthrax alert after man posts his wife's ashes to U.S. embassy

    07/17/2009 2:00:36 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 912+ views
    dailymail. ^ | 16th July 2009 | Nick Pisa
    A powder sent to the American embassy in Rome during last week's G8 in Italy was the ashes of the sender's wife, it emerged today. Officials at the embassy went into overdrive when the envelope arrived last Wednesday, just hours before President Barack Obama arrived in the Italian capital for the summit. The post room of the building was sealed off and staff evacuated as police scientists in protective overalls arrived to take the powder away amid fears it could be an anthrax terror attack.
  • Warden Message: U.S. Embassy Doha, Qatar, Temporary Closure

    05/18/2009 1:31:21 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 400+ views ^ | May 18, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: U.S. Embassy Doha, Qatar, Temporary Closure CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Middle East / N. Africa - Qatar 18 May 2009 RELATED REPORTS 13 Jan 2009 WARDEN MESSAGE: DOHA, QATAR, PROTEST JANUARY 13 U.S. Embassy Doha issued the following Warden Message on May 18: At approximately 9:00 a.m, on May 18 a suspicious powder was discovered at the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar. The suspicious substance is being sent to a laboratory for analysis. Until the results are received and a...
  • 'Dead Fish Lady' Resigns from DHS, Takes Legal Action to Clear Her Name

    05/01/2009 9:30:42 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 1,932+ views
    cqpolitics ^ | May 1, 2009 | Jeff Stein
    Saying she still has no idea who sent her a box of dead fish, former top homeland security bioweapons official Maureen McCarthy says she has resigned from the department and begun legal action to clear her name. Occasionally breaking into tears during a 45-minute telephone interview, McCarthy called her resignation "involuntary" and said she had suffered severe financial distress since being suspended without pay in February over the incident. "I resigned against my will," she said. "I had no income, and I couldn't use my accrued annual leave" for cash. "By resigning I got that back," she said, and could...
  • Suspicious White Powder Letters Postmarked from Knoxville Received in...

    01/22/2009 7:09:51 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 541+ views
    KNOXVILLE.FBI.GOV ^ | January 21, 2009 | n/a
    January 21, 2009 # Note: The following text is a quote: Suspicious White Powder Letters Postmarked from Knoxville Received in New York and Massachusetts On Wednesday January 21, approximately 13 powder-laden envelopes were received at the office of the Wall Street Journal in New York City. The letters reportedly bear a Knoxville, Tennessee postmark. New York City Police Department's Emergency Services Unit and the FBI responded to the scene and are testing the letters to determine whether they contain a hazardous substance. An additional letter was also received today at Harvard Law School addressed to Alan Dershowitz. This letter...
  • AFD: suspcious powder found in letter to Perry is not hazardous

    12/10/2008 1:47:48 PM PST · by wolfcreek · 6 replies · 265+ views
    KEYETV.COM ^ | 12.10.2008 | N/A
    Officials have confirmed that a letter that arrived for Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday contained a suspicious white powder.
  • Powder in envelope at Temple Square is nontoxic (KSL-TV in UT)

    11/15/2008 7:12:30 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 18 replies · 452+ views
    KSL-TV News ^ | 11/14/08 | Sam Penrod and Marc Giauque
    Preliminary results have come back on a suspicious white powder found at the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FBI officials say they aren't sure exactly what it is, but they know it's not toxic. The FBI says the substance was tested for known hazardous biological agents and toxins, and all tests were negative. Lab tests will continue to determine exactly what the substance is, and those results are expected sometime next week. Three employees inside the temple office were decontaminated as a precaution, and a hazardous material crew cleared the office of any...
  • FBI, USPS to investigate suspicious envelope at Temple Square [Salt Lake City]

    11/13/2008 4:07:24 PM PST · by rycharn · 40 replies · 2,384+ views
    KSL ^ | KSL-TV/Radio/.com
    The FBI and US Postal Service inspectors are on their way to investigate the suspicious envelope found at Temple Square containing an unknown white powder. The letter was mailed to the temple and was opened inside an office in the entrance area to the Salt Lake Temple. That is in an area open to the public. They have since placed the letter into a black plastic bag. Both Salt Lake City police and fire departments are on the scene and have closed off the area, including eastbound lanes of North Temple between State Street and Main Street. They did not...
  • 30 Powder-Laced Letters Sent To Banks In Seven Cities Including Dallas

    10/21/2008 2:08:04 PM PDT · by Dysart · 15 replies · 424+ views
    KRLD ^ | 10-21-08
    Federal authorities are investigating at least 30 letters containing suspicious powder that have been sent to banks in seven cities. The FBI said initial tests on the powder have come up negative for dangerous toxins. Additional tests are ongoing. A law enforcement official said Tuesday the letters were mailed from South Texas to Chase bank branches in or near Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Newark, New Jersey, Oklahoma City and Washington. Postal inspector JoJan Henderson says the letters appear to be related and appear to be from the same source.
  • Feds Investigate Threatening Letter Sent To Obama Campaign Office

    10/14/2008 9:10:22 PM PDT · by steve-b · 292+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10/14/08
    200,000 more absentee ballot requests than the Dems! The rest of the article is somewhat negative, but anecdotal at best. My local campaign office is doing precinct walks which they didn't start in 2004 until 2 weeks before the election.
  • Congressman's office receives white powder, evacuated

    09/10/2008 2:57:08 PM PDT · by Prunetacos · 6 replies · 1,035+ views
    seminolechronicle ^ | September 10, 2008
    ORLANDO - On Tuesday morning, the University of Central Florida Research Facility was evacuated after a white powder was found inside a package addressed to Oviedo resident Rep. Tom Feeney. "All 300 or so employees in the Research Facility and Pavilion were evacuated," said Grant Heston, spokesman for UCF. This is the second time this week that a suspicious package has been delivered to Rep. Tom Feeney. Heston said the problem is bigger than UCF......
  • Feeney's Port Orange Office Gets Threatening Mail

    09/08/2008 3:29:34 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 6 replies · 669+ views
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 8, 2008 | The Orlando Sentinel
    The Port Orange Police Department got a call this afternoon from the office of U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Oviedo, in Port Orange City Hall, saying secretarial staff had opened an envelope that contained what appeared to be a white powder substance. Capt. Wayne M. Miller said the city's fire department and Haz-Mat team responded and the building was evacuated. No word on any injuries -- or who might have sent the envelope.
  • Two McCain offices evacuated after letter threat (New Hampshire As Well)

    08/21/2008 6:15:20 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 9 replies · 197+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 21, 2008 | Keith Coffman
    Two McCain offices evacuated after letter threat Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:45pm EDT By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Two offices of John McCain's U.S. presidential campaign, in Colorado and New Hampshire, were evacuated on Thursday, and several staffers were hospitalized, after threatening or suspicious envelopes arrived in the mail, one with an unidentified white powder. The first parcel, described as containing an unspecified threat and a powdery white substance, was opened by a staff member at the campaign's Centennial, Colorado, office, near Denver, at about 3 p.m. local time, U.S. Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley said.
  • Race Planners Charged for Causing Bioterror Scare at Connecticut IKEA

    08/26/2007 4:03:40 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 26 replies · 690+ views
    Foxnews ^ | Aug 25, 2007 | AP
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Two people who sprinkled flour in a parking lot to mark a trail for their offbeat running club inadvertently caused a bioterrorism scare and now face a felony charge. The sprinkled powder forced hundreds to evacuate an IKEA furniture store Thursday. New Haven ophthalmologist Daniel Salchow, 36, and his sister, Dorothee, 31, who is visiting from Hamburg, Germany, were both charged with first-degree breach of peace, a felony. The siblings set off the scare while organizing a run for a local chapter of the Hash House Harriers, a worldwide group that bills itself as a "drinking...
  • CIA Finds No Evidence Hussein Sought to Arm Terrorists

    11/16/2003 4:14:23 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 52 replies · 528+ views
    The CIA's search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has found no evidence that former president Saddam Hussein tried to transfer chemical or biological technology or weapons to terrorists, according to a military and intelligence expert. Anthony Cordesman, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, provided new details about the weapons search and Iraqi insurgency in a report released Friday. It was based on briefings over the past two weeks in Iraq from David Kay, the CIA representative who is directing the search for unconventional weapons in Iraq; L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. civil administrator...
  • Chemical scare at Multnomah Bldg. in SE PDX

    11/18/2005 11:34:57 AM PST · by B Knotts · 7 replies · 827+ views
    KGW-TV ^ | 11/18/05 | Antonia Giedwoyn
    A chemical scare at the Multnomah Building in southeast Portland sent police and a hazardous materials team scrambling to the scene late Friday morning. Apparently, an employee in the taxation and assessment office on the first floor opened an envelope and found powder inside, according to Mike Beard with Multnomah County Chair Diane Linn’s office. Everyone in the building was encouraged to stay inside, and those who decide to leave will not be let back in, officials said.
  • Mystery powder sparks evacuation U of C lab cleared as Mexico's prez visits (NAFTA)

    09/30/2005 8:31:24 AM PDT · by Gene Vidocq · 2 replies · 539+ views ^ | Fri, September 30, 2005
    CALGARY -- On the same day that Mexican president Vicente Fox visited the campus, more than 600 people were evacuated from the University of Calgary's Sciences building when staff found two envelopes containing a suspicious-looking powder. The powder turned out to be harmless. Fire, EMS, and police personnel cordoned off the facility at about 11:30 a.m. yesterday after a male professor opened one of the letters and subsequently complained of feeling sick, said fire department spokesman John Conley. The man, reportedly in his 50s, and a woman in her mid-20s who was also complaining of nausea, were taken to hospital...
  • Envelope containing mysterious powder sparks elephant-sized alarm in Paris (Elephant Poop Alert)

    08/04/2005 8:21:45 AM PDT · by Cowman · 8 replies · 795+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Thu Aug 4 | Yahoo
    CERGY, France (AFP) - An envelope leaking a strange pinkish powder sparked an alert in a Paris suburban post office, but tests revealed the substance to be nothing more than dessicated elephant dung, police said. With France on high terrorism alert following the London bombings last month, postal workers in a sorting centre in the northwestern suburb of Bonneuil-en-France took no chance when they noticed the strange envelope from Sri Lanka with the powder inside. After police were called in Thursday, six employees who had been exposed to the powder were subjected to medical examinations. The powder was analysed too,...
  • Man gets 19 years for mailing fake anthrax letters to abortion clinics

    07/08/2005 8:08:52 AM PDT · by Gene Vidocq · 27 replies · 933+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquire ^ | Thu, Jul. 07, 2005
    PHILADELPHIA - Clayton Lee Waagner, a self-proclaimed terrorist who mailed phony anthrax letters to abortion clinics in 24 states, was sentenced to 19 years in prison Thursday. Waagner sent many threatening letters from a FedEx facility in Philadelphia in October and November 2001 during the height of the anthrax scares that followed the Sept. 11 attacks. "He wanted to exploit the moment," Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard P. Barrett said, "to use the anxiety and panic caused by those other terrorist acts to fuel his own brand of terror." The frightening letters signed by the "Army of God" contained a mysterious...
  • Suspect packages hit Canberra embassies

    06/08/2005 10:06:54 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 8 replies · 1,396+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 6/9/05 | Jano Gibson
    Suspicious packages turned up at four foreign missions and at Parliament House in Canberra today. The packages were received by the British high commission and the United States, Japanese and South Korean embassies. Each of the embassies that received the packages represents a country with troops in Iraq. "We can confirm the commission received a suspicious package earlier this morning," a British high commission spokesman said. "We are following AFP [Australian Federal Police] guidelines at present." The US embassy in Canberra has been closed. "I can confirm that the US embassy did receive a suspicious package," a US embassy spokeswoman...
  • US Finds 'Suspect Vials'(BBC April 2003)

    10/26/2004 11:45:25 AM PDT · by Irelamb · 23 replies · 1,477+ views
    "The US military says one sample was labelled "tabun" US troops say they have found thousands of boxes of unidentified white powder and some nerve agent antidote at an industrial site south-west of Baghdad. They also said they discovered documents in Arabic, which apparently explain how to carry out chemical warfare. A special team has been sent to investigate the discovery at Latifiya - part of a large military complex frequently visited frequently by UN weapons inspectors before the war began. US troops have also reportedly found a second site nearby containing vials of unidentified liquid and white powder. The...
  • Threatening Volcanic Child Of Krakatoa Keeps Its Powder Dry

    07/11/2004 6:11:43 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 1,155+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-12-2004 | Anak Krakatau
    Threatening volcanic child of Krakatoa keeps its powder dry By Sebastien Berger at Anak Krakatau (Filed: 12/07/2004) At 74, the offspring of the world's most famous volcano is newborn in geological terms. But, rising darkly from the sea, Anak Krakatau - "the child of Krakatoa" - is already 1,000ft high and smoking. Wisps of steam and toxic fumes drift gently from several vents at its summit, where its otherwise black walls are stained with white mineral deposits. Its setting is idyllic, nestling between three other outcrops in the middle of the Sunda Strait between the major Indonesian islands of Java...
  • Two Incidents of Suspicious Powder Reported at U.N.

    06/14/2004 9:39:17 AM PDT · by hookman · 22 replies · 7,315+ views
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Hazardous material experts were called to U.N. headquarters on Monday after a suspicious powder was discovered on the 27th floor, but there was no evacuation and no cause for alarm, security staff said. The New York Fire Department's hazardous materials unit was called in "as a precautionary matter" after the powder was found in an office of the U.N. Department of Management. While the emergency crew was cleaning up the area, a second report was received of a powdery substance next to a U.N. Credit Union cash machine on the first floor, security aides said. Samples...
  • Powder Attack on Tony Blair Done in Service of a Just Cause

    05/26/2004 10:51:48 AM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 12 replies · 209+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 5/26/04 | Glenn Sacks
    Powder Attack on Tony Blair Done in Service of a Just Cause By Glenn Sacks "I haven't seen my daughter for five years." Shouting these words, an English protester hit British Prime Minister Tony Blair with a packet of purple flour as Blair answered questions on the floor of the House of Commons a few days ago. A somewhat panicked parliamentary session was quickly suspended. The aggrieved father, Ron Davis, and his fellow protester, Guy Harrison, are part of a nonviolent resistance campaign launched by the popular English fathers' rights group Fathers 4 Justice. The group uses purple because purple...
  • White Powder Found (UK)

    04/22/2004 4:21:44 PM PDT · by colette_g · 16 replies · 324+ views
    Sky News ^ | 23:29 UK, Thursday April 22, 2004 | Sky News
    WHITE POWDER FOUND About 70 members of staff are undergoing decontamination treatment after a suspicious chemical was found in their offices. The white powder was discovered at the BBC-owned Galleon, which handles distribution, subscriptions, customer support, and merchandising sales for a range of magazines including many of the BBC's own publications, Private Eye, and Hello! magazine. About 70 employees were in the building when the package was opened, and six are believed to have come into direct contact with the white powder, a spokeswoman for Kent Police said. "We would like to stress that these are precautionary measures and there...
  • Suspicious White Powder Found at Williamstown, N.J., Post Office

    02/10/2004 3:31:52 PM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 159+ views
    AP ^ | Feb. 10, '04
    Suspicious White Powder Found at Williamstown, N.J., Post Office The Associated Press Published: Feb 10, 2004 MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - The Williamstown Post Office was evacuated as a precaution Tuesday after several postal carriers found a white powder in their mail, officials said. Members of the Gloucester County hazardous materials squad were sent into the building, said Cathy Yarosky, spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service. FBI agents joined the investigation, said FBI spokeswoman Linda Vizi. "We're taking samples and will make a determination as to what the substance is," Vizi said. Six postal workers were taken to a hospital...

    02/02/2004 10:18:25 PM PST · by varina davis · 93 replies · 426+ views
    AP Wire ^ | Feb. 3, 2004 | AP Wire
    Senate Powder Tests Positive for Ricin February 3, 2004 12:20 AM EST WASHINGTON - Preliminary tests of a white powder discovered in a Senate office building Monday were positive for the potentially deadly poison ricin, the U.S. Capitol Police chief said. Two out of three tests indicate ricin, Chief Terrance Gainer said at a late-evening news conference. The third test came out negative, and a fourth, more definitive test was under way, with results expected Tuesday. Sixteen people who were on the floor where the white powder was discovered on mail were being decontaminated and would be allowed to go...