White powder threat at Louisiana medical clinic

A small medical clinic in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, was recently evacuated after an employee found a threatening note warning that the clinic had been contaminated by anthrax.

The clinic's door handle was covered by white powder, which was later determined to be harmless in preliminary tests. Further tests are expected to come back negative for harmful pathogens, according to WWLTV.

The first employee to arrive at the West Jefferson Industrial Medical Clinic that morning at approximately 7:40 a.m. notified the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office after finding the note and accompanying powder. The authorities responded immediately by dispatching a hazmat unit and notifying the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"The agencies involved in this matter at this time are JPSO, FBI, Jefferson Parish Hazmat, LSP Hazmat," JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato said, WWLTV reports. "Also present on-scene are representatives from the FBI-Joint Terrorism Task."

None of the substance was found inside the clinic and the facility reopened and resumed normal business hours.

"They did some preliminary testing. It certainly, at this point, according to the experts, doesn't appear that this is, in fact, anthrax. It is a powdery substance, and they'll do some chemical analysis on it to try to identify what it is," Fortunato said, WWLTV reports.