Suspicious powder mailed to Wall Street Journal


Officers with the NYPD and the DEO enter the the building at the World Financial Center where the Wall Street Journal has its offices, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 in New York. Police evacuated the newsroom and executive offices of the Wall Street Journal at the Dow Jones Inc. building after envelopes that contained a white powder were received.

Mary Altaffer/The Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 2:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 2:47 p.m.

NEW YORK Police evacuated the newsroom and executive offices of the Wall Street Journal at the Dow Jones Inc. building Wednesday after about a dozen envelopes that contained a white powder were received.

At least four of the envelopes were opened; others were left unopened in the mailroom, police said.

Five employees were being decontaminated as a precaution, said FBI spokesman James Margolin.

A newspaper spokeswoman said the mail was addressed to several executives. The postmark was Knoxville, Tenn., but each letter had a different return address.

The envelopes were found in three locations inside the lower Manhattan building, Margolin said. The 11th floor is shared by newspaper executives and editorial page employees. The 9th floor houses the newsroom and mailroom.

Authorities were trying to determine the nature of the powder.

Employees who weren't needed immediately to put out the Journal or other Dow Jones publications were sent home.

Other staff members were working on two unaffected floors and at the nearby Marriott World Financial Center.

The Department of Homeland Security was monitoring the situation but said other agencies were taking the lead.

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