CALEXICO — Fear of anthrax infection has continued in the Imperial Valley, with the latest report of a powdery substance in a package coming from the Coppel warehouse here.
Shortly before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Calexico firefighters responded to Coppel at 503 Scaroni Road.
Workers had contacted the Fire Department, reporting a white powder had been found in a box sent to the business from overseas.
However, Calexico police Sgt. Jim Neujahr said, the package came from a source that regularly sends such packages to Coppel.
In addition, workers there told authorities it is not uncommon for such packages to be packed with talcum powder to keep products from rubbing against each other.
Still, Neujahr said because of the anthrax scare, employees decided to call authorities.
After firefighters arrived, the box was isolated so the powder could be sent for testing. Employees went through a precautionary decontamination process.