Powder in package not anthrax
MERIDIAN -- A powdery substance thought to be anthrax and later identified as garlic powder evoked some tense moments Tuesday for members of the 186th Air Refueling Wing, Mississippi Air National Guard.
According to Brad Crawford, a spokesperson for the air refueling wing, white powder was discovered from a package opened earlier that day in a building on the guard base.
"Of course, we immediately quarantined the persons who opened the package and started procedures to take necessary precautions," Crawford said.
Test results of the powder revealed what officials believed: The package was a training device for mailroom personnel.
"It was a harmless substance -- garlic powder," he said. "The package should have never gone from the mailroom out, but it somehow did and ended up in another building, where it was opened by someone who didn't know what it was or would not have expected it to be a training device."
The two individuals who opened the box were cleared of any medical dangers.
"They were transported to the hospital and everything checked out fine with them," Crawford said.
-- Meridian Star