Authorities feared anthrax in Kim Kardashian flour bomb

After a reality television star was hit with a flour bomb during a perfume event last week, authorities were called in to make sure the white powder was not anthrax.

Kim Kardashian, a reality television star, was on the red carpet at the London Hotel in West Hollywood, California, promoting a new fragrance called True Reflection. Kardashian was hit with a burst of white powder and was rushed back to a room where she changed her jacket. Authorities determined the powder was wheat flour and was harmless, NVO News reports.

The woman who attacked Kardashian with the flour was originally detained by police officials. She was let go by the police after Kardashian decided not to press charges.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anthrax is a disease caused by the spore-forming Bacillus anthracis bacterium. The three types of anthrax are cutaneous, inhalation and gastrointestinal, of which cutaneous is the least deadly. Humans can become infected with anthrax by handling products from infected animals or by breathing in spores of anthrax from infected animal products. Eating undercooked meat from infected animals can also lead to gastrointestinal anthrax.

Anthrax was used as a weapon in the United States in 2001 when it was deliberately spread through the postal system in letters containing anthrax powder. Twenty-two infections and five deaths resulted from the attacks.