Powder-filled letter prompts Reuters to evacuate its New York newsroom
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York newsroom of Reuters News was evacuated on Monday after receiving an envelope with a "puff of powder" in it, Reuters spokeswoman Jolie Hunt said.
Police told staff to evacuate the 19th-floor New York newsroom after Brian Rhoads, the company's managing editor for the Americas, opened an envelope and a "puff of powder" came out of it, Hunt said.
Police isolated the envelope, and Rhoads, and then told the 140 members of staff to leave as a precautionary measure while they investigate. Staff made arrangements to ensure the company could put out a news file using its other offices.
The New York office in Times Square is the headquarters of Thomson Reuters, the parent company, and the newsroom is the firm's second largest after London.
This month, threatening letters, many containing a suspicious white powder, were sent to Chase bank offices in several states and the New York Times headquarters in New York.