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Looking back, anthrax scare

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Letters sent to the President and a U.S. Senator tested positive for ricin, a potentially fatal poison.

The technology used to screen the letters was put into use first in Lima shortly after the 9/11 attacks.

A White House mail screening facility is proving its worth as poison letters sent to members of Congress and President Barack Obama were intercepted before reaching their intended target. Lima was in the forefront of technology to screen for poisons like anthrax and ricin in 2001.

Allen County EMA Director and Director of Homeland Security in Allen County Russ Decker says this latest incident brings back memories.

Decker says at the time, there were only three facilities in the entire country that could check the mail for potential poisons.

Decker says the Lima facility, located on 4th street, handled 180 truckloads of mail for a six month period. 

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