County hazmat teams respond to suspicious mail, powder...

Arundel Digest

October 16, 2001

County hazmat teams respond to suspicious mail, powder reports

Anne Arundel County hazardous material teams have responded to more than 30 reports of suspicious mail and suspicious white powder - none of which ended up being dangerous - since Friday, authorities said yesterday.

The reports received in the county since fears of anthrax contamination were ignited last week include one report from the county executive, and another in which a suspicious substance turned out to be powder from a doughnut, county fire officials said.

A powdery substance found between stacks of newspapers at a Glen Burnie 7-Eleven store turned out to be cigarette ash, officials said. "We're asking people to use common sense," said Division Chief John M. Scholz.

Hazardous material teams and police require more than an hour to collect samples and finish initial investigations for each report, and testing samples can take another 24 hours. And, Scholz said, "We're taking any hoaxes seriously."

County Executive Janet S. Owens called authorities after she received a letter not addressed to her, Scholz said, adding that the letter contained nothing harmful but that Owens was right to ask authorities to check it.

Davidsonville man hurt in single-car accident

A Davidsonville man was in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being injured in an accident yesterday morning near his parents' home, police said.

Loren Eugene Carr, 21, was driving a Ford Thunderbird around a curve on Governors Bridge Road when the car left the road and hit a tree, police said.

Carr got out of his car before it burst into flames and ran to his parents' home on Beards Point Road in Davidsonville, where he collapsed, police said. He was flown to the Shock Trauma, where he was being treated for serious head and internal injuries.

Filipino delegation tours Millersville landfill

The county Department of Public Works gave visitors from the Philippines a tour of the Millersville landfill yesterday.

The Filipino delegation was in the area to attend the Solid Waste Association of North America WASTECON 2001 convention and exposition in Baltimore. The group visited the landfill to learn more about recycling, said Pam Jordan, a county spokeswoman.

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