Powder scare at NY offices
SEVEN people were exposed to a suspicious white powder in a US federal building in lower Manhattan yesterday, the New York Fire Department said.
The building at 26 Federal Plaza, houses several agencies including the Federal Bureau of Intelligence and US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
"Seven people were exposed to a white powdery substance on the 40th floor of the federal building," a fire department spokesman said.
Emergency service units were on the scene but no further details were available.
US authorities have been on alert for mail with white powder in it since 2001, when envelopes laced with anthrax killed five people.