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BREAKING Raleigh North Carolina Post Office Sealed
first hand | 10-13-2001 | blackbag

Posted on 10/13/2001 11:15:45 AM PDT by blackbag

A Post Office in North Raleigh has been closed off. Emotional workers are being questioned away from the building. All entrances to the parking lot are blocked by Police. Building is sealed. Even Police are staying hundreds of feet away from the stucture. Police are calling it an incident. Privately one officer stated he had major concerns and was awaiting further instructions. Special Response Team has been called


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I am headed back to the scene for pictures. I will report more as it evolves. Is this a scare only? the Police don't know yet.
1 posted on 10/13/2001 11:15:45 AM PDT by blackbag
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2 posted on 10/13/2001 11:19:37 AM PDT by tax
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Similar occurence in Tallahassee Florida yesterday. Powder from a box found in a post office. HazMat team called in. Still waiting for results.

Also had several envelopes found at the rest stop on I-10 where the British Tourist, Gary Colley, had been murdered years ago. Powder, and "Anthrax" misspelled on the front.

I hope these people who think they are having fun with this know the amount of shtuff they're gonna get kicked outta them if they ever get caught...this is not something to joke about.

3 posted on 10/13/2001 11:21:16 AM PDT by Dakotabound
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To: blackbag
Ok, waiting for your pictures and your report.
4 posted on 10/13/2001 11:21:20 AM PDT by Fred25
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To: blackbag; Howlin
Keep us advised!
5 posted on 10/13/2001 11:23:09 AM PDT by mountaineer
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To: blackbag
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6 posted on 10/13/2001 11:24:27 AM PDT by dixiechick2000
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8 posted on 10/13/2001 11:27:54 AM PDT by tomkat
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9 posted on 10/13/2001 11:28:47 AM PDT by TLBSHOW
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To: blackbag
bumping for more info
10 posted on 10/13/2001 11:28:57 AM PDT by Osinski
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To: Dakotabound
It's time to say that anyone who plays these kind of games in a situation like this will face a stiff fine and time in the pokey. The police and FBI have enough to do without wasting their time on false alarms. If there are enough of these distractions, they might miss the real thing when it happens because they are spread too thin following false trails.
11 posted on 10/13/2001 11:30:20 AM PDT by Cicero
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Yahoo! News Story Matches 1 - 20 of 1766 Anthrax Scares Keep State Officials Busy (Hartford Courant) From a post office in New Haven to media facilities in Middletown and Hartford, authorities scrambled Friday to keep up with anthrax scares across the state. - Oct 13 7:11 AM ET

Post Office Urges Vigilance on Suspicious Mail (Reuters) The U.S. Postal Service said on Friday it is encouraging employees and customers to be vigilant when handling suspicious packages following a rash of anthrax cases and fears the bacteria may have spread by mail. - Oct 12 6:58 PM ET

Search for Anthrax Spreads to Florida Post Office (Reuters) ... quarantined American Media headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida, the investigation spread to a nearby post office branch where the firm had its mail dropped, officials of the American Postal Workers... - Oct 12 5:22 PM ET

Post Office Watching For Suspicious Packages (WJXT News4Jax.com) ... News' Jim Piggott reported that 208 billion pieces of mail funnel through Jacksonville's main post office each year, and that safety is always a consideration. "We believe our mail is safe;... - Oct 12 4:55 PM ET

Post Office Advice for Mail Safety (ABCNEWS.com) The United States Post Office's advice for handling business mail safely. - Oct 12 3:51 PM ET

Fla. Anthrax Victim Returns to Work (AP) Investigators searching for the source of deadly anthrax spores in a supermarket tabloid building tested 15 clerks on Friday who worked in a post office that handled the company's mail, a union official said. - Oct 12 12:12 PM ET

FlaPost Office Increases Security Measures (KSAT ClickOnSA.com) ..." The U.S. Post Office processes more than 200 billion pieces of mail each year.... - Oct 11 7:56 PM ET

http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news?p=Post+Office+

12 posted on 10/13/2001 11:31:12 AM PDT by TLBSHOW
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Uh, oh. Friend of mine just went to Raleigh for the weekend. Hope everything's ok.
13 posted on 10/13/2001 11:38:25 AM PDT by TheLurkerX
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To: blackbag
Which one in Raleigh?
14 posted on 10/13/2001 11:39:59 AM PDT by SirAllen
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Wow, I hope this is another hoax. Thanks for keeping us posted!
15 posted on 10/13/2001 11:40:58 AM PDT by Andreas Peyser
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To: TheLurkerX
Friend of mine just went to Raleigh for the weekend. Hope everything's ok.

He doesnt spend time sorting mail in post offices does he? If we are talking Anthrax, you've got to touch it, eat it, or inhale it. Being in the same city as some sealed off post office isnt going to harm anyone. Now if they found a nuke in the mail, that might be a different story.

16 posted on 10/13/2001 11:43:50 AM PDT by Dave S
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To: TheLurkerX
In case anyone's interested, here's some info on the N.C. Special Operations Response Team:

Special Operations Response Team

17 posted on 10/13/2001 11:44:08 AM PDT by TheLurkerX
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To: TLBSHOW
I asked this question on another thread, but got no answer. Nope, I'm NOT over-reacting, just curious. Thought I'd ask YOU cuz ya always answer, you're such a sweetie!

I have various saddles/tack scheduled to be delivered in the next few days, via UPS. There has been some talk, that a package seems to have been tampered with AFTER the person mailed it out.

Do you think it'd be a good idea for me to let a sheriff or such, open my saddle/tack deliveries? Or would that be over-reacting?

18 posted on 10/13/2001 11:44:58 AM PDT by mommadooo3
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To: Dave S
Way he describes it doesn't sound like powder in an envelope. Anthrax isn't that big a deal. Since the SORT is involved, it's bound to be health related, though. Wonder what it is?
19 posted on 10/13/2001 11:45:15 AM PDT by TheLurkerX
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To: blackbag
Being a post ofice, an anthrax scare would probably be a good bet. Hope it's not the real thing.
Hope the folks are OK.
If this "powder thing " is getting to be a fad, America will suffer from it.
Only a true idiot would even consider trying to be "funny."
20 posted on 10/13/2001 11:47:28 AM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: all
I'll say it again. FreeRepublic is THE place to hang out to get the most comprehensive info on breaking news.
21 posted on 10/13/2001 11:48:37 AM PDT by cyberwatcher
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To: mommadooo3
Or would that be over-reacting?

Over reacting, but a kind gester anyway, hon.

22 posted on 10/13/2001 11:49:31 AM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: blackbag
Looks as though about half the Fraternity houses across America are having a field day doing copy-cat stuff like this. Not to mention the hordes of unappreciated nerds who get no attention from their parental units. This will continue until the news media realizes that they are ALL HOAXES and they're BEING HAD. Once the news coverage stops, so will these incidents.

The news media ought to have a giant collective conference call - and impose a 5-day ban on reporting this stuff. My bet - within 3 days, all incidents like this would completely cease. Why do it if you don't get any attention?

Michael

23 posted on 10/13/2001 11:50:55 AM PDT by Wright is right!
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To: Wright is right!
Right. Same thing happened with school shootings. It became the "cool" rebelious thing to do.
24 posted on 10/13/2001 11:54:37 AM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: Wright is right!
If I was trying to create maximum panic, I might send out tons of bogus envelopes until the media and public were sick of it, stopped being careful, stopped taking it seriously, and then I would start sending out the real stuff.

I hope these guys aren't that smart. I read today that we still have 300,000 people over here that we need to deport, but can't find. We need to get rid of these people.

We also need to revoke all student and work visas from suspect countries, and tell them we'll give them priority to re-enter the country after a thorough background check. I would also impose an immigration freeze on new immigrants until after the conflict is over.

We needed a lot of the people with work visas during the tech boom over here, but now that we've hit a slump and unemployment is at a 10 year high, I'm sure there are a lot of American citizens who could use those jobs anyway.

25 posted on 10/13/2001 12:05:23 PM PDT by TheLurkerX
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To: blackbag
If this is a another hoax someone is getting his jollies putting white powder in envelopes and seeing us all panic. That is sick! It's like this person or persons is sending out duds and real ones - It's up to us to guess which one is real and what is not. This sucks.
26 posted on 10/13/2001 12:06:00 PM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: all
Yesterday at around 1:30 pm on MSNBC they said that there was going to be a major announcment in a press conference from North Carolina at 5pm EST and MSNBC said it had something to do with Anthrax.
They never aired it that I saw! It never happened. Did anyone see anything?

Obviously this wasn't related to this post office incident but it does make me wonder what is really going on in NC. Abother words possibly other things that we aren't being told.
27 posted on 10/13/2001 12:08:59 PM PDT by StayoutdaBushesWay
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To: Wright is right!
The news media ought to have a giant collective conference call - and impose a 5-day ban on reporting this stuff.

Normally I would agree with you. Most of this stuff is probably copy-cat nonsense from the numerous sicko's in our society. But consider this scenario: You passed through the Raleigh, NC post office on your way somewhere else and were exposed to the mysterious unknown "agent" that later turned out to be anthrax, all without your knowledge. The news people follow the 5-day waiting rule and don't report it. Five days later, you hear about it on the news and start trying to remember if that was the day you were at the post office.

Meanwhile, those anthrax spores have been germinating in your lungs and are on their way to developing into a full-blown case of inhalation anthrax, making it too late for antibiotic therapy.

Just be glad this isn't smallpox. That's when you'd start seeing people panic. With a 30% death rate, no available treatment, and limited vaccines, the only way to contain it would be with armed law enforcement imposing enforced quarantines around entire communities.

28 posted on 10/13/2001 12:10:05 PM PDT by Nita Nupress
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To: areafiftyone
Sure it sucks, but we have an on-the-spot member. I, for one will wait for a report.
29 posted on 10/13/2001 12:11:07 PM PDT by cyberwatcher
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To: StayoutdaBushesWay
It wouldn't be the first thing that got surpressed. Lot's of stories are languishing lately.
30 posted on 10/13/2001 12:12:17 PM PDT by TheLurkerX
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To: StayoutdaBushesWay
There seems to be a lot of "action" along the east coast. We don't hear much from the rest of the nation. NY, NC, NJ, Fl., .....
31 posted on 10/13/2001 12:15:28 PM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: concerned about politics
"Same thing happened with school shootings. It became the "cool" rebelious thing to do."

The snooze media, apparently, has not taken notice of the fact that since George W. Bush has taken office as President of the United States, there has been NOT ONE school shooting in this country. Not one. (Unless I've missed something, and I don't usually)

The news media really needs to suck it in on these copy-cat incidences. Some of the biggies are already starting to. For instance, last night, the NBC Nightly News started "questioning" how many of these occurances were "hoaxes," and they mentioned two specifically. Ignoring, of course, the scores of others, only to say that "tests turned up nothing."

Or, to put it another way, it takes some wiles to hijack an aircraft and fly it into a big, tall building. It takes NO wiles at all to go to Kroger, buy a $1.49 plastic bottle of talc, and then send out letters with a spoonful of powder inside to convenient "targets." That's frat-house stuff to be sure.

So, what do we have so far? One guy dead, questionable inhalation methods, a couple of other "exposures" and one gal at NBC who could have come in contact with the stuff anywhere. Scores of other "scares," but everything comes back negative. If this is a terrorism attack, it's an abysmal failure, because it has taken only one life, not mass destruction of lives. The sooner the media backs off this, the quicker it will vanish.

Michael

32 posted on 10/13/2001 12:15:57 PM PDT by Wright is right!
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To: Wright is right!
Actually, it only takes a death here or there to maintain this so-called panic. I am not in a panic. Just trying to stay informed. Most people in my area feel the same.
33 posted on 10/13/2001 12:19:52 PM PDT by cyberwatcher
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To: Wright is right!
So, what do we have so far? One guy dead, questionable inhalation methods, a couple of other "exposures" and one gal at NBC who could have come in contact with the stuff anywhere.

All of whom may have come in contact with the same thing as the dead guy. All press related.
Hmmmm...all press related? Scary news sells!

34 posted on 10/13/2001 12:22:09 PM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: Wright is right!
Uh. I think there was the shooting in San Diego earlier in the year. The press and liberals started up on the "Guns are bad" mantra and Bush said that parents need to be more involved with their kids. It's died down since then, though.
35 posted on 10/13/2001 12:23:19 PM PDT by conservative cat
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P.S....Scary news sells!

Any press members found around all these hoaxes????

36 posted on 10/13/2001 12:23:36 PM PDT by concerned about politics
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37 posted on 10/13/2001 12:24:06 PM PDT by tutstar
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To: StayoutdaBushesWay
does make me wonder what is really going on in NC

There are maybe a quarter of a million people at the NC State Fair and college football game today in Raleigh. This is an annual event that would suffer greatly if crowds were not significant.

There is a major US Postal facility in the area that does massive amounts of mail sorting and has "undisclosed" methods of sensing hazardous material.

We'll keep yall informed if at all possible. FR continues to break items delayed at other outlets.

38 posted on 10/13/2001 12:25:55 PM PDT by alrea
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To: blackbag
Maybe we should round up the illegal aliens from the mid east and use them to open all the suspicious packages.
39 posted on 10/13/2001 12:26:42 PM PDT by VRWC_minion
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To: Wright is right!
That's frat-house stuff to be sure

Frat boys DO have their moments, but in all fairness I'd initially put the finger on BlackBloc, Earth First!, ELF and others of that ilk.

Most frat boys plan on having an economic stake in our country's future.
Felony convictions tend to f#ck that up.

40 posted on 10/13/2001 12:28:12 PM PDT by Freebird Forever
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To: Nita Nupress
Like your improved screen name:

"Normally I would agree with you. Most of this stuff is probably copy-cat nonsense from the numerous sicko's in our society. But consider this scenario:"

I've considered your scenario. It's really far-fetched. How often do you go on a road trip and stop along the way at a POST OFFICE? Maybe ... once in a ... lifetime? Post offices are for the locals.

Until convinced otherwise, I'm considering ALL of these "white powder reports" as sicko copy-cat incidents. People who've had no attention in years sitting around their TV's and radios, waiting to giggle at how much discomfort they've caused to as many other pipple as possible.

As for the theories that "the real terrorists" are sending out "decoys" of talc powder to "soften us up" for when they send out "the real stuff" - give me a break. The mails are the WORST possible distribution method. They don't give you the mass numbers you want all on the same day. They take verification. The cutinaceous infections are easily healed. That's not worth the trouble. Terrorists want big kills, all at once. Ain't buyin' it.

Michael

41 posted on 10/13/2001 12:28:51 PM PDT by Wright is right!
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To: cyberwatcher
AMen......no network or site is keeping up even close to the amount of info that is being digested....and even we are having a hard time....but by far are doing the best job here at FR.
42 posted on 10/13/2001 12:32:21 PM PDT by rwfromkansas
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To: cyberwatcher
"Actually, it only takes a death here or there to maintain this so-called panic."

Only problemo - there's been just the one "inhalation" death. You cannot keep it going on one death and everything else coming up negativo.

Michael

43 posted on 10/13/2001 12:33:20 PM PDT by Wright is right!
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To: all
Just returned from the scene. Situation has been resolved.
"Nothing to see here" move along. Newsbabe said it involved a suspicious package.
Investigation revealed nothing to be concerned about. False scare....
44 posted on 10/13/2001 12:35:48 PM PDT by blackbag
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To: Wright is right!
Was anyone aware of the Fort Bragg story? I just found it on WRAL's website. Nothing about the post office on any of Raleigh's media websites though.

Hazardous Materials Scare At Fort Bragg

Military officials say preliminary tests show a hazardous materials scare at Fort Bragg is not linked to anthrax. It began around 11:30 last night at Womack Army Medical Center.

A retired soldier went to the emergency room complaining of burning eyes. He said he opened his mail and found a suspicious substance inside. Hospital officials called hazmat crews and tested the man for anthrax. The initial tests were negative... so the retired soldier was treated and released.

The suspicious piece of mail has been turned over to the FBI.

45 posted on 10/13/2001 12:36:29 PM PDT by TheLurkerX
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To: SirAllen
North Hills Business Station
46 posted on 10/13/2001 12:38:26 PM PDT by blackbag
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To: Wright is right!
In case you haven't noticed, there have been 4 anthrax cases. They are not all hoaxes.

I do think though that smallpox would be the weapon of choice if they could get their hands on it.....that would cause much more panic and be much for efficient than sending some mail out.....which won't do anything.

47 posted on 10/13/2001 12:39:36 PM PDT by rwfromkansas
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To: blackbag
Thanks for checking, blackbag
48 posted on 10/13/2001 12:41:25 PM PDT by cyberwatcher
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To: TheLurkerX
Here's another article from the Herald Sun. Looks like the Raleigh area's been the site of at least 2 false alarms in the last couple of days:

Substance found in mail box tested

By The Associated Press

Oct 12, 2001 : 7:19 pm ET

LAUREL PARK -- Local and state officials are testing a white powder found in a mail drop box at a shopping center, but state officials said Friday there is no indication that the product is anthrax.

Three people were examined at a hospital Thursday night, including a mail carrier who got the substance on his clothes. Initial reports were that the package containing the powder exploded, but authorities on Friday said that was not true and that the powder only spilled on the carrier, the Hendersonville Times-News reported.

Officials were trying to determine if the substance contained any hazardous material or whether it was a hoax orchestrated on the one-month anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

Samples of the substance were taken to Pardee Hospital on Thursday and to a state laboratory Friday. The product was cultured, but there were no indications that the product was biological.

"We have no evidence of anthrax at this time," Dr. Steve Cline, chief of epidemiology for the state health department, told The Associated Press.

Cline and other state health officials held a news conference Friday evening in Raleigh to outline guidelines for handling suspicious mail.

The mail carrier in Laurel Park went to a nearby laundry to wash his hands, Valley Hill Fire Department Chief Wayne Banks said. A woman at the laundry and a police officer who responded also reportedly came in contact with the substance.

Firefighters cordoned off an area and evacuated people from the area. The three people exposed to the substance were asked to wait in a laundry room until the hazardous materials team from Asheville arrived.

The three people exposed put on yellow suits before being moved to a fitness club next to the shopping center where they showered, then were taken by ambulance to the hospital. The three were examined and released Thursday night.

Kathy Eubanks, the woman exposed at the laundry, said she was given an antibiotic by doctors at Pardee as a precaution. But Eubanks said a hospital official later contacted her and told her that preliminary testing showed the substance may have been salt.

Laurel Park Police Chief Don Fisher said authorities were waiting to learn whether the substance was dangerous before proceeding with their investigation.

Laurel Park is 20 miles south of Asheville.

49 posted on 10/13/2001 12:42:36 PM PDT by TheLurkerX
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To: cyberwatcher
As stated they have resolved it. False Scare ? Police were still hanign around the shared parking lot was reopened.
50 posted on 10/13/2001 12:43:04 PM PDT by blackbag
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