Anthrax hoax hits famed golf tournament

Police deputies in Augusta, Georgia, announced on Friday that they had arrested and charged a man with terroristic threats and acts during this year’s Masters Tournament.

The arrest came after Henry Ragland announced that he possessed anthrax at an IHOP located across from the Augusta National golf course, reports.

According to deputies, an intoxicated Ragland entered the restaurant last Friday dropping a white substance onto the floor. When asked what it was, he allegedly claimed it was anthrax and ran away from the scene.  

Once the police were notified, the restaurant was evacuated and authorities tested the substance.  

It was later discovered that Ragland was merely participating in a game of hashing, where one player, known as a “hare,” runs around laying a trail of flour and is then chased by a pack of runners known collectively as the “pack,” according to

Terrorist threats are taken very serious by law enforcement agencies, with penalties ranging from large fines to loss of Constitutional rights and prison time.

Ragland's threat came at a time when Augusta police are normally on the lookout for scalpers during the famous four-day golf tournament, reports.   

The last confirmed anthrax threat occurred in 2001, when the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis was discovered on envelopes addressed to two U.S. senators. The envelopes passed through sorting facilities in New Jersey and the District of Columbia.