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Report: Prosecutor’s cold medicine joke causes anthrax scare at courthouse

Posted Sep 25, 2013 2:12 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A colleague reportedly tried to play a joke on a New York City prosecutor who had been complaining about respiratory symptoms by sending him cold medicine in the mail.

But the pills were pulverized at some point during the mailing process, and the powdery white substance that arrived at the Queens District Attorney’s office caused an anthrax scare on Tuesday, law enforcement sources told the New York Daily News.

The mail room at the Queens Boulevard courthouse was evacuated, and paramedics had been asked to evaluate seven mail room employees around noon before the powder was identified as cold medicine.

A spokeswoman for the DA's office declined to say what action, if any, would be taken concerning the unidentified prosecutor who sent the pills and said the matter of the "nonsuspicious package" had been resolved.

Hat tip: New York Observer.

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