‘LA Times’ Temporarily Quarantined After Suspicious Letter Received

By: E&P Staff

The Los Angeles Times office was temporarily quarantined by the Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday evening after a suspicious white powdery substance was found in an envelope, the newspaper reported.

Between 150 and 200 employees were held in the building by the police department?s hazardous materials crew. It was determined about two and half hours later that the substance was probably arabinic acid, an additive used in chewing gum, wrote the paper.

According to the article, the letter was simply addressed to the ?editor? and contained no specific threat, but apparently did include the identity of the sender. Authorities will continue to investigate the incident.

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