Monday, February 19, 2007

Powder-scare at Jyllands-Posten (Now deemed harmless)

Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten received a letter with a suspicious powder today.

My translation:

Monday Jylands-Posten received a letter containing a powder. The letter is now being investigated by the police, Tage Clausen from the paper informed today.

All letters are opened by special staff in the mail room before further distribution. This has been standard procedure since Jyllands-Posten recived two letters containg powder in February 2006.

Danish Emergency Management Agency have worked since Monday morning investigating the letter and isolating the three post handlers who where in contact with the substance.

(Photo: Thomas Fredberg)

Most likely this a prank, but it's not a very funny joke. I'll post more when I know more.

Update: 16:30: A sample of the powder has been sent to Stockholm, Sweden, and the result is expected tomorrow, Tuesday. The three postal workers are in good spirits and are kept under medical observation.

Update: Tuesday 17.30: The powder has been deemed harmless by Swedish experts. "No biological hazard" was the verdict from the lab in Stockholm today, Tuesday.

So, it was a prank. However if the police gets the ones responsible, they will not get off with a slap on the wrist. So far, no news on who might be responsible. Must have been some very long hours for the mail handlers before the good news got back to them.

1 comment:

Yankee Doodle said...

Do we have any idea who is behind this?