White powder prompts evacuation in Anchorage

September 23, 2011 - 8:40 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An envelope containing white powder prompted the evacuation of the federal building in Anchorage, Alaska, Friday.

FBI spokesman Eric Gonzalez says the evidence has been delivered to the state lab in Anchorage for analysis, but initial field testing turned up negative for toxins. Further results might be released as early as Saturday.

The envelope was opened in the U.S. District Court clerk's office. Besides the powder, there was a note inside. However, authorities didn't release the note's contents or any additional details.

Last month, authorities evacuated the federal building in Fairbanks and part of an Anchorage building where U.S. Rep. Don Young has an office over similar fears. But that time, the powder turned out to be a concrete mixture someone sent as a sample of something that would work well in cold environments.