Anthrax scare for N.J. prosecutor

Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini's office in Trenton, N.J., was put on lockdown and investigated by a hazmat team after a recent anthrax scare.

A white substance, which turned out to be a vitamin powder by the name of Nature's Wonder, appeared in an envelope alongside a letter indicating that the powder was anthrax.

The source of the letter is being investigated by prosecutors. The envelope containing the letter and powder indicated a return address for the Mercer County Detention Center.

"I would characterize the letter as threatening but I can't reveal the specifics of what it said because this is a criminal investigation," Casey DeBlasio, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office, told

Shortly after 10 a.m. a secretary in the prosecutor's office opened the envelope, revealing the powder, which the letter indicated was anthrax. Courthouse security officers immediately isolated those who had been in contact with the envelope and shut down the floor on which the office is located. The building's air-conditioning system was turned off to decrease circulation and Broad Street was closed in front of the courthouse.

The envelope was placed in a sealed plastic bag until the hazmat team arrived.

Battalion Chief Peter Fiabane with the Trenton Fire Department told that the fire department was able to determine that the powder was not hazardous by using a portable detection device.