Anthrax scare closes Michigan newspaper office
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
A Midland, Michigan, USA newspaper office was shut down briefly due a suspicious letter with white powder. When the envelope was opened at the Midland Daily News offices around 17:00 GMT Tuesday, the presence of powder aroused alarm the envelope might contain the deadly disease anthrax.
The news office, along with restaurants and businesses near the downtown newspaper were quarantined as a safety precaution shortly after authorities were alerted. On-site tests found no evidence of anthrax, and the letter has been sent to Lansing for additional tests.
Around 20:30 GMT, the office was reopened and all quarantines were lifted. A mail-sorting machine is being tested, and has been removed from the local post office for further tests.
The envelope did contain a return address, according to local news station WNEM-TV 5. The editor's office was closed Tuesday night, and sealed off as a crime scene.
- AP. "Midland newspaper quarantined after suspicious white powder found" — , April 26, 2005
- Joel Doepker and Matt Franklin. "Anthrax scare shakes Midland Paper" — , April 26, 2005
- Kelly Mankervis. "An Anthrax Scare At Midland Daily News" — , April 2005
- Danielle Rappaport. "Anthrax scare temporarily closes Midland Daily News" — , April , 2005 [free subscription required]
- Times News Service. "White powder in mail triggers emergency response in Midland" — , April 27, 2005
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