Thursday, April 02, 2009

Anthrax White Powder Scare Spreads To 11 Other Locations in Florida

Published: April 2, 2009, 3:15 PM SEBRING - This morning's anthrax scare, which started at Florida Hospital Heartland Division, has spread to Updated to 75 other locations.

Sun 'n Lake Town Hall was put under lockdown, shortly before 1 p.m., and hours after the Sebring hospital was also locked down for most of the day, (Sebring is basically dead center in the State of Florida).

Gloria Rybinski, public information coordinator with Highlands County, said eight envelopes containing a white powder were found in the Sun 'n Lake area and three outside of Sun 'n Lake. She did not specify where.

Nearly 12 hours after a suspicious powder was found in envelopes on cars parked at Florida Hospital Heartland Division, the facility remains on lockdown.

We are treating it as if it is an anthrax case until it is proven otherwise," said Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton. Envelopes containing unknown white powder were found on the windshields of 20 to 30 employee vehicles.

Notes in the envelopes contained an "inference" of anthrax, according to the sheriff's office. The Department of Homeland Security is monitoring the situation, department spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said.

Bill Warner
private investigator