suspicious package

Scott Air Force Base
12:26 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Probe of illnesses in Scott AFB mail center closed

The Belleville Gate entrance to Scott Air Force Base.
(via Wikimedia commons/SSGT CHAD R. GANN, USAF)

The source of an irritant that sent three mail center workers at a southwestern Illinois air base to the hospital may forever be a mystery.

A Scott Air Force Base spokesman says authorities were unable to pinpoint what caused Wednesday's illnesses and a brief evacuation of that portion of the installation. The spokesman says the investigation is now closed.

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Suspicious parcel at air base
3:10 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Suspicious package sends 3 Scott Air Force Base workers to hospitals

The Belleville Gate entrance to Scott Air Force Base.
(via Wikimedia commons/SSGT CHAD R. GANN, USAF)

Updated at 3:11 pm: According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the three people taken to the hospital were an airman and two civilian base employees. Col. Michael Hornitschek told the Post that the package had been isolated and the FBI had been called into investigate as part of standard procedure.

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