Infrastructure Daily News 09.02.11

Postal and Shipping Sector

19. September 1, Belleville News-Democrat – (Illinois) 3 hospitalized after suspicious package found at Scott Air Force Base. Three people were taken to the hospital and 14 were decontaminated August 31 after workers in the Scott Air Force Base post office near Belleville, Illinois suffered almost simultaneous skin and respiratory reactions at 9:30 a.m. After what was termed an exhaustive investigation, investigators were not able to determine what caused the workers to become ill, a base spokeswoman said August 31. Investigators found nothing suspicious and no trace of a chemical or an odor, she said, noting whatever caused the workers’ illnesses might have dissipated enough that it was not detected. FBI agents were investigating. Postal inspectors were also on site to offer help to Air Force personnel, said a U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman. The investigation was closed the night of August 31 after it was determined it was not a suspicious incident, the base spokeswoman said. All areas of the base that were closed August 31, except for the post office’s mail center, were to be reopened September 1, including the areas where the clerks are stationed and where customers receive and send mail. The mail center — its distribution and processing area — was to remain closed another day for further monitoring and its functions moved to an alternative site. The mail was delivered on base August 31 with a 2-hour delay. Source: html

20. September 1, Associated Press – (Iowa) Empty briefcase causes 2-hour bomb scare. An unattended briefcase caused a 2-hour bomb scare August 31 at a post office in Davenport, Iowa. Workers found the briefcase in the lobby and called authorities around 3:20 p.m. The building was closed down and evacuated. Television station KWQC 6 Davenport said a bomb squad was called in. The squad’s dog checked out the area, but it detected nothing. The squad then X-rayed the briefcase before it was opened. It was empty. Source:

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