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No anthrax detected after discovery at Covenant House

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A still from FOX 8 video shows an NOFD truck outside Covenant House A still from FOX 8 video shows an NOFD truck outside Covenant House
New Orleans, La. -

Police, firefighters and federal agents responded to the discovery of vials labeled "Anthrax" at a youth shelter in New Orleans. Fortunately it turned out to be a false alarm.

NOPD tells FOX 8 that someone found bottles labeled "anthrax" inside of a backpack at Covenant House on Rampart Street. Hazmat crews were called to the scene around 1:30 Friday afternoon, and local and federal authorities came out to investigate.

FOX 8 received this news release from Covenant House Friday afternoon:

"We're delighted to report that the vials found earlier this afternoon in a youth's backpack and labeled ‘Anthrax' were NOT, in fact, Anthrax," stated Covenant House Executive Director Jim Kelly.

Instead, the vials were part of an old test kit for anthrax often used by farmers, industry, etc.

"Our youth and staff handled the situation remarkably well," Kelly said. "We are blessed by good kids – and dedicated professionals."

We're most grateful to police, fire, FBI, and New Orleans Homeland Security officials for their support and assistance during this scare.

"The angels and the SAINTS were watching over us, as always," Kelly said.

Covenant House cared for 140 at-risk, homeless, and runaway youth last night.

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