Scare at the Statehouse

February 15th, 2006

Right now the Statehouse is under some sort of quarantine.

The entire building seems to be shut down because of an unknown powder that was mailed to the Speaker’s office and came in contact with an employee there.

The Indianapolis Star now has a small update here.

From what I can gather, people inside the building aren’t being allowed to leave, and those outside aren’t being allowed in.

Update (1:38pm): People are now being allowed back into the Statehouse.

Update (4:45pm): The Star article has been updated as of 3:00pm to reflect that a second envelope with powder was found in the Statehouse mail system, but it had not been delivered. Test results on both envelopes indicated neither contained any hazardous substances. The rest of the day at the Statehouse has proceeded with business as usual.

I was working in Washington, D.C. for former Congressman Tim Roemer at the time of the anthrax attacks there. Speaking from experience, I can say that having your building shut down, sealed off, and entered by troops of men in bubble suits while you are walking out is not a fun experience. For that matter, neither is process of being tested for anthrax exposure - which involves a very long nasal swab and lots of jabbing.

I am very glad that today’s events were not harmful. However it is worth noting that Indianapolis does have a direct link to the anthrax attacks that followed Spetember 11th. This article talks about anthrax spores that were found at the time at the Indianapolis International Airport, and a postal facility in Idianapolis.

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  • 2. Ryan Dvorak for State Rep&hellip  |  February 28th, 2006 at

    […] Evidently in response to the recent “white powder” scare at the Statehouse, the Indiana State Police has distributed “Bomb threat instruction cards” to members and staff of the General Assembly (click to enlarge): […]

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