Authorities respond to antrax scares in Anchorage and Sterling

Posted: Monday, October 15, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Authorities in Anchorage and Sterline are investigating what appear to be anthrax hoaxes.

In Anchorage, police and firefighters responded Sunday afternoon to a call from workers at the Puffin Inn in the city's Spenard section.

Police said an employee at the inn found a pile of powder on the doormat with a note that said ''anthrax.'' Police said they are investigating but added that the incident appears to be a prank.

Police spokesman Ron McGee said the police department responded to a number of calls over the weekend that ended up being anthrax hoaxes or false alarms. He said the calls waste time and resources but added that each report is taken seriously.

In Sterling, authorities closed the Post Office for about three hours Saturday after a postal worker found a white substance in a mail bag, Alaska State Troopers said. The unknown substance, which looked like ground up chalk, was seized.

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