Spate of anthrax hoax letters in Alabama

Five cities in Alabama recently witnessed anthrax scares when the offices of several Republican congressmen received envelopes in the mail containing a suspicious white powder.

Representative Joseph Bonner of Alabama’s first congressional district received powder laced envelopes at both his Foley and Mobile offices, according to A spokesman for Bonner said that both envelopes contained small bags of powder that were not opened.

Bonner was in his Mobile office when the letter arrived and was quarantined while the substance inside was tested. Officials have determined that the bags did not contain anthrax, but they have yet to say what they were actually filled with.

U.S. Representative Mike Rogers and Senator Jeff Sessions each received envelopes containing white powder at their offices in east Montgomery, reports. Senator Richard Shelby also received one of the powder filled bags at his office in downtown Birmingham.

Officials from the FBI have said that the letters most likely originated from the same source. The U.S. Postal Inspectors have since offered a $100,000 reward for information concerning the attacks.

Although there have been no reported injuries or illnesses related to the anthrax hoaxes, five people who came into contact with the substance in the envelope have been treated with antibiotics as a precaution.