Anthrax scare clears out state building in Tallahassee, seven workers isolated and tested

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - UPDATE: Building was reopened early Monday afternoon.

PREVIOUS REPORT: A suspicious letter mentioning Anthrax resulted in the isolation of seven people and the evacuation of 1,500 other workers at a government building in Tallahassee Monday morning.

The incident occurred in the records section at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles around 8:30 a.m.  That particular section handles a high volume of mail on a daily basis, according to Tallahassee Fire Rescue.

Seven employees were in the same room as the letter.  At last word, there was no evidence of any substance.

As a precaution, hazmat teams placed the workers' clothes in isolation bags.  This was followed by decontamination with a shower already at the facility.  Further medical testing was expected.

There were no complaints of adverse reaction to any substance.

The workers who were sent home were asked to return to work at 1 p.m.

A Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab in Jacksonville will test the letter for Anthrax and other substances to rule out any possibility.

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