Published On: Wed, Oct 17th, 2012

US Embassy in Stockholm evacuated after receiving letter with ‘mysterious powder’

The U.S. Embassy in Stockholm was evacuated Wednesday after receiving a letter containing an unknown substance, police said.

Bacillus anthracis

Americans may be reminded of the anthrax scares from a decade ago as a white powder was reported on a letter, forcing the US Embassy in Stockholm to close.
Bacillus anthracis Image/CIA

UPDATE: Swedish police reopen the Embassy.

Bomb disposal expects were dispatched to the embassy to acquire the letter, analyze its contents and secure the premises. Police declined to give details on the content but police spokesman Daniel Granstrom told Swedish tabloid Expressen it contained some kind of “powder.”

Asked if the substance was dangerous, he said “it may have been dangerous, but it’s not dangerous now.”

Embassy spokesman Jeff Andersen said the embassy was evacuated and that officials were investigating “a possible security incident” together with Swedish authorities but declined to give other details.

A fire service spokeswoman had said that police had told her a white powder had leaked in the building.

“We have lifted the barriers and seized this letter, which is being examined as part of a preliminary investigation into unlawful assault,” said a spokeswoman for Stockholm police.

She declined to go into details of what the letter contained.

People were now allowed to return to the building, she said.

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