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Fiery Packages In D.C. Trigger Memories Of Anthrax

WASHINGTON (AP) — A package that ignited at a government mail facility is conjuring painful memories of the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed two postal workers in Washington. 

The fiery package found Friday, which was addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, followed two packages that ignited Thursday in Maryland state government mailrooms. It halted government mail until bomb-sniffing dogs could sweep the facility. 

Mail processing resumed Saturday morning after a meeting with workers. 

Postal workers union President Dena Briscoe says an evacuation following the discovery of the popping and smoking package was “very sloppy.” 

Following a meeting Saturday, Briscoe says one woman cried because the fiery packages are bringing back memories of the anthrax attacks, when workers said their safety wasn’t a priority. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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