Package shuts down California bank

Police deemed a suspicious package found at Livermore, Calif., bank on January 6 to be entirely harmless.

According to Police Officer Dave Morris, employees at the Bank of America called at 10:25 a.m. to report that they believed a package left on the premises had the word anthrax written on it, according to

Shortly after, the entire bank was evacuated and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was called to investigate. The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department was also called to the scene. The entire area was cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape.

Investigators examined the package and found that the word anthrax was not printed on its side. The package actually contained perfume. The bank was then cleared for operations and reopened around noon.

Officer Morris said he believed the bank employees did the right thing by alerting local law enforcement.

“It’s better to be safe than sorry,” Morris said, according to

In other anthrax related news, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released information on a new system - the anthrax risk reduction matrix - used to help determine the risk of an anthrax attack at a workplace in order to reduce the possibility of exposure in such cases.

Under the new system, workplaces will be divided into three categories –green, yellow or red - depending on their risk of contamination. These classifications will help OSHA to determine how to organize relief operations in case of an exposure emergency.