Birmingham authorities investigate suspicious letter at bank

Birmingham authorities investigate suspicious letter at bank

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Police remain at the Wells Fargo branch. Source: John Huddleston Police remain at the Wells Fargo branch. Source: John Huddleston
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham fire officials say they, the FBI and Birmingham police are responding to a hazmat situation at a downtown bank branch.

Captain Kenneth Hatcher with Birmingham Fire says that they were called to the Wells Fargo branch at 2920 26th Street North around 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The bank had received an envelope with threats written on it and officials at the scene say it tested positive for botulinum, which can botulism. The Centers for Disease Control describe botulism as a "paralytic illness" caused by a nerve toxin, one strain of which is called Clostridium botulinum. Symptoms in adults range from blurred vision to muscle weakness.

Additional tests on the envelope have found nothing harmful. The FBI has sent the letter to a lab in Montgomery. The results of the tests should be available in a few days.

Three employees at the bank and a police officer were decontaminated and transported to UAB to be checked out.

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