Florida hospital in lockdown after envelopes with white powder found

Emergency Management Alert, April 7, 2009

Law enforcement officers responded to the Florida Hospital Heartland Division in Sebring April 2 after envelopes containing white powder were found at the facility, reported Highlands Today.

The hospital went into lockdown until officers removed the envelopes. Tests on the suspicious powder found in the envelopes came back negative for anthrax, the newspaper said.

Law enforcement offers were called back to the facility the following day when another envelope of white powder was found. Members of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office closed off a parking lot across from the hospital’s main entrance. A hospital spokesman said the envelope appeared to be left from the original scare and operations inside the facility continued as usual, the newspaper reported. Members of the Highlands County Emergency Management team bagged the envelope and removed it from the site.

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