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Anthrax Found at Fed Mail Site

May 9, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Federal Reserve reported Wednesday that about 20 pieces of mail tested positive for traces of anthrax in an initial screening.

The tainted mail was discovered as part of routine mail testing by the Fed in a mobile trailer stationed in a courtyard at the Federal Reserve’s main buildings in downtown Washington. The test results were preliminary.

The mail did not contain powderlike substances or handwritten addresses. Such preliminary tests often are inaccurate and further tests are being conducted.

``The affected mail was routine commercial and business mail and did not have any of the characteristics identified by the FBI as suspicious,″ the Fed said in a statement.

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