Ricin detected in envelopes seized at Pentagon mail facility

Packages suspected of containing ricin found at Pentagon mail center

The Pentagon's Force Protection Agency responded to the incident and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will conduct further tests on the packages, officials told reporters. The mail initially caused suspicions because it contained a sticky substance, per a defense official.

The packages set off alarms as they were being screened in an off-site security mail processing center.

Ricin is a highly toxic substance extracted from castor beans, and has figured prominently as a bioweapon in a number of foiled terrorist plots.

CNN also reported that the packages were sent to the same two officials.

The mail facility is separate from the Pentagon building, ensuring the more than 20,000 employees there were never exposed to the letters.

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However, the tsunami caused a power outage in Palu, snapping its communication lines and making collection of information hard . In the nearby city of Donggala, home to almost 300,000 people, a large arched bridge that spanned a coastal river collapsed.

'Those envelopes are now undergoing further testing.

- The FBI has seized two envelopes delivered to the Pentagon that are suspected of containing ricin, according to Fox News. "As this is ongoing, we will have no further comment".

In 2014, Shannon Richardson, an actress, was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for mailing letters laced with ricin in May 2013 to multiple people, including Obama and Michael R. Bloomberg, the mayor of NY at the time.

"It would take a deliberate act to make ricin and use it to poison people", the CDC says on its website.

Ricin exposure can lead to death if the toxin is inhaled directly.

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