FBI investigates white powder incidents

Local police and federal officials recently investigated a white powder incident in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Bridgeport police were called to a multi-family home on the city's north side to investigate a suspicious package. Connecticut State Police, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection were notified after police observed white powder inside the package, according to StamfordAdvocate.com.

The DEEP's hazmat unit was called to the scene in order collect samples of the material.

"The samples were sent to the laboratory at the state Department of Health for testing," Cyndy Chanaca, a spokeswoman for the DEEP, said, StamfordAdvocate.com reports. "The results will be available in three to four days."

While the overwhelming majority of such incidents turn out to be harmless, authorities took precautions in case the package contained a lethal agent, such as anthrax.

The FBI has also started an investigation into a recent white powder incident at the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas. A hazmat team was called to the courthouse after a worker there opened an envelope containing white powder. The U.S. Marshals Service said the building was not evacuated, according to KansasCity.com.

The number of white powder incidents, including hoaxes, increased dramatically after the 2001 anthrax mailings that killed five people and infected 17 others.