White Powder in 12 Letters Forces Evacuation At ‘Wall St. Journal’ HQ

By: E&P Staff

The Wall Street Journal evacuated two floors housing the executives suites and editorial page journalists at its New York City headquarters Wednesday after the paper received more than a dozen envelopes containing an unknown white powder, the Journal reported on its Web site.

New York City police and hazardous material crews are investigating the matter, the Journal reported in a posting by Shira Ovide.

The envelopes were addressed to ?several New York-based executives at the newspaper,? the Journal said. At least three were distributed within the building, while another 10 are being held in the mailroom of the headquarters in Lower Manhatan, the paper said.

Journal employees in New York were cautioned not to open any mail.

?While we don’t think there is cause for alarm at this time, we are asking everyone not to open any mail while we investigate,” Howard Hoffman, vice president of communications for Journal parent Dow Jones & Co. said in an e-mail to employees.

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