NAACP receives anthrax hoax letter

A suspicious powder that was sent to the Washington, D.C., office of the NAACP on October 18 has turned out to be nothing more than harmless tea.

The powder’s arrival had prompted the NAACP’s evacuation from the premises. NAACP Washington Bureau Director Hilary Sheldon told the Washington Post that the powder arrived in a business-size envelope addressed to the organization’s Washington office. The envelope did not have a return address and contained typewritten note and a plastic bag that held a powder.

The NAACP's employees were immediately evacuated and law enforcement was called to the scene. After examining the powder, they determined it was simply tea. It was not reported as to whether anyone was treated for injuries relating to the case.

This incident occurred within a week of a string of white powder incidents in Alabama, where four Republican congressmen received envelopes containing suspicious powder. In all of the cases, the powder turned out to be innocuous.

The Alabama cases are believed to be related to one another. Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation have commented 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.