Anthrax hoax hits New York City newsroom

Staffers at the WPIX/Channel 11 newsroom in New York City were in lockdown mode on Wednesday afternoon after an envelope that contained a suspicious powder was opened at the assignment desk.
A staffer opened an envelope at approximately 3 p.m. that contained a threatening letter and white powder. Police officials were called to the newsroom, which was quickly immobilized. Bill Carey, the station's news director, declined to discuss specifics about the writer of the letter, the New York Daily News reports.
The incident occurred two hours before the station’s 5 p.m. newscast was to start, and with only part of the staff in house. As police investigated the powder — which turned out to be harmless — Carey and his team came up with a plan for the newscast should the newsroom be unable to operate.
The staffer who opened the letter was decontaminated as a precaution by Hazmat teams. Approximately 15 minutes before air time, police officials gave the Ch. 11 crew the all clear sign.
“We had enough people in place and we had enough crew in place,” Carey said, according to the New York Daily News. “The floor was basically cut in half, but some people were on the wrong side of the room.”
Due to the uncertainty of the newsroom situation, Carey and his team planned on beginning the show from the field, with correspondent Kirsten Cole doing a report on the gridlock threat Wednesday night. By starting the show this way, the newscast would give everyone time to get into the studio and proper position so that when Cole’s report was done, anchor Jodi Applegate could anchor from the studio.
“The newscast was uneventful,” Carey said, according to the New York Daily News.
The station did not report the hoax on air, deciding to not highlight the threat. One insider of the newsroom described the mood during the threat as “professional.”