Baby Tylenol Sent Through Mail Causes Anthrax Scare
Assistant district attorney sent it to colleague as a joke
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2013 3:23 PM CDT
That's not Anthrax.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Pro tip: Probably not a great idea to send Tylenol through the mail, unless you're using an envelope with a lot of padding. An assistant district attorney in Queens did not heed that advice, however, and when the Tylenol he sent to a fellow prosecutor got crushed into powder in the mail, well, you can imagine what happened yesterday when it arrived. A mail room clerk at the Queens Criminal Court reported the suspicious substance (anthrax?!), other workers tried to identify it and couldn't, 911 was called, the mailroom was cleared while police inspected the letter, and paramedics were brought in to check out the seven employees who'd handled it.

Finally, the substance was identified as baby Tylenol, which the ADA had sent to a colleague as a prank. "The assistant district attorney who received the letter had been complaining that he had cold and flu symptoms," a law enforcement source tells the New York Daily News. "He was whining and complaining about it for a while. The other ADA sent him baby Tylenol as a joke."