Slaton Anthrax Scare a False Alarm - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/13/08

Slaton Anthrax Scare a False Alarm

Thankfully the anthrax scare in Slaton we reported to you Saturday night on NewsChannel 11 was a false alarm.

Around 11:45 Saturday morning, Enrique Espenoza received a letter from the Slaton school district to his grade school nephew. Espenoza says, when he opened the letter he saw a light puff of dust and this strange handwriting.

The combination of dust and odd writing scared Espenoza. He alerted the Slaton police, and went to UMC where he went through decontamination before he was released. Wolforth hazmat crews were sent to Espenoza's home and the FBI was contacted.

It turns out the dust Espenoza saw was paper dust particles from tearing the envelope open, and that odd writing was an example of his nephew's handwriting assignment from the teacher.

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