Employees in ABC News’ D.C. bureau returned to their building in downtown Washington on Thursday afternoon after learning that a “powdery white substance” discovered earlier on the premises was not harmful.
Taking no chances in light of the anthrax scares that ensued after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, alphabet ordered employees out of the building as sirens raced to the scene. The one-block stretch of DeSales St., NW, where the bureau is located, was cordoned off.
In an email to all employees sent soon after the discovery, ABC News chief David L. Westin wrote, “Contractors doing some work in the basement of our Washington bureau came across some powder they found suspicious. Out of an abundance of caution we have evacuated the facility until the authorities can confirm that this is nothing to worry about. We will let you know when we have further word.”
The powder was determined to be an aspirin-like substance.