United States Fire Administration Technical Report Series: Fire Department Response to Biological Threat at B'nai B'rith Headquarters Washington, DC   [open pdf - 888KB]

"On April 24, 1997 at approximately 11:00 a.m. a person working for the Washington, D.C. office of B'nai B'rith discovered a suspicious looking package that was leaking a reddish fluid in the mailroom. The director of security for B'nai B'rith, a retired police officer, opened the package and found a Petri dish and a threatening note. He took the package and its contents outside the B'nai B'rith building and placed it on a small grass lawn. He then dialed 911 and requested police. The DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) responded to the incident. Police officers and the MPD Bomb Squad were on the scene for about one hour. Assistance from the fire department was requested when the police determined that the package contained a Petri dish labeled Anthracis Yersinia, a misspelled combination of the words Anthrax and Yersinia. Both are disease-causing bacteria that can be used in the production of biological weapons"

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