Hazmat Crews Still At Scott Air Force Base, 3 Released From Hospital

Brian Kelly

SCOTT AFB, Ill. (KMOX) – They’ve used a robot, an x-ray machine and air testing equipment, but hazardous  materials crews have so far been unable to determine what caused three workers at the Scott Air Force Base Post Office to get sick this morning.

Base Commander, Colonel Michael Hornitscheck says they were focusing not on a single package, but on a group of packages in a bin in the mail room. According to on-site communications crew members used the post office x-ray machine to check for explosives in several packages and found none.

Colonel Hornitscheck says the situation started at about 9 am Wednesday, “We received a report that several of our mail handlers in our mail handling center experienced some respiratory and some skin reactions to something in the mail center. Using an abundance of caution we went ahead and send these three people to Memorial Hospital (in Belleville) to have them treated and to look for any type of adversity.   I’m happy to report they’ve since been treated and released.”

Two of the employees work for the US Postal Service. The other is an Airman.

Col. Hornitscheck says 13 others who were in the mail center were decontaminated on the scene.

He says one other person walked into the base clinic reporting possible problems, but was checked out and released.

Col. Hornitscheck they don’t have any details on the package itself, “All we know, is that we had two postal service employees and one of our Air Force mail handlers who were in the proximity of a particular package…two individuals noticed a smell or had a  respiratory response, another individual had a skin response.”

There were earlier reports the odor was like of sulphur.

The post office and about a half-dozen surrounding buildings are evacuated and the area cordoned off.  Co. Hornitscheck says no more than 100 people have been evacuated.

When asked if there is any evidence this incident may be linked to the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11, Col. Hornitscheck said he would not speculate on that, “We are treating this as an isolated incident and we see no connection to the 9/11 anniversary or anything like that.”

Hornitscheck says the FBI is involved in the investigation.


Hazmat crews descended on Scott Air Force Base after a suspicious package sent three to the hospital and prompted evacuations of several facilities on the base.

“Currently we’re responding to a suspicious package that occurred at the official mail center (Building 1650),” SAFB spokesman Lt. Benjamin Garland tells KMOX News.

He said they’re not releasing any further information about the “suspicious package” or what it may have contained at this time. However the package reportedly emitted a sulphur-like smell.

Garland said two USPS employees and one airman had respiratory and rash reactions to the package and have been transported to the hospital. Thirteen others underwent decontamination.

The incident began just before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The education center, the bowling alley, Airman Family Readiness Center, and ITT center at Scott are closed until further notice.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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  • cuthean


    • Yup

      No, they’re peaceful people! Sarcasm -Off

      • Abdul Haman Kachari

        We out number you freaks. You’ve been around for maybe 250 years as a country. Patrioc arogant freaks fight for something that isn’t even as old as most streets in ALL other parts of the world. Go ahead and stop at Wal-Mart of Sears and buy another made in China product you two-faced cheap american slum-dweller. In all likely hood you don’t even buy your house or even car with cash, unless you follow Dave Ramsey.

    • Paolo

      Obama’s sleeper cells have been activated.

    • Yup

      See, as Abdul said… Very peaceful people! Abdul, you’re an idiot.

      • Abdul Haman Kachari

        Just look at the president you elected. A symbol of a short-lived experiment called america that farms it’s best jobs out to oversea’s slaves and elects politicians based upon the color of their skin. You are still slave owning american freaks who can’t make a right decision as a people.

      • yupiskwere!

        I apologize Abdul, for the racist fool (mr. yup to gay people) that hates Islam, the American Flag and supports the Rainbow Flag!

      • Abdul Haman Kachari

        I find that Islam and Conservatives in america have alot in common, and appreciate your coming out on the apology. Our segments of beleif are agaist gay lifetyles, we beleive that men have been the wage earners, we beleive that women are better qualified to raise children than we as men are, we fight to the death for what we beleive in. I find there are differences in how many Conservatives have betrayed their AMERICA by buying overseas products and by occupying lands that can (and should) solve their (our) own problems. The world sees the arrogance that your people make these mistakes with and I laugh with them…at your country and its’ leaders that YOU as a people have elected.

      • Paul D Weston

        I wish you were my neighbor Abdul. The reason civilations have ended is because they lost their beleifs. Anyone can create a monetary token, but it’s the beleifs like Abdul has expressed that keeps a nations people together. Beleive in something like Abdul and state your name on these boards, less you be a coward like any other terrorist.

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  • Hank Warren

    False flag terror, when else did this occur?
    9/11 and Israel, here:

    • Grimriffer

      Good call. Gotta keep the hord in fear for the upcoming 9/11 anniversary so they can continue to “justify” their non-declaired war on EVERYONE.

      • Sean Patriot

        Jesus Christ, You teo must buy your tinfoil at the same store

      • Ryan TX

        Fear is their main tool, they “never let a good crisis go to waste”.

  • William Manning

    Probably a black person
    –because black congressman have been firing them up and calling for civil war

    • Yup

      I don’t think so, Sunshine.


  • Chuck Farley

    Obviously one of those Christian white male terrorists that Nappy Janet with swinging meat keeps warning us about!!!

    • Yup

      I had to have been!! Because if a white person (or any other color person) sent this, the rest of them are guilty of terrorism too! She’s a genius.

      • Jane Louise Smith

        Here’s a thought: Maybe if the person/persons responsible for this act of terror is found to be a card-carrying member of an organization such as, oh, i don’t know, the National Rifle Association, then the gov’t can round up all of us (and all of our guns) because we’re also card-carrying NRA supporters? Think about it.

      • Nope

        That’s a stretch, Yup. It is fools like you who project that notion on the rest of us. Did white christian gun-toting conservatives commit 9/11? What race/religion have the perpetrators of multitudes of attacks and attempted attacks since 9/11 been? Yup – Arab/Muslim. How much more head in the sand denialism will you engage in before you wake up and realize what the odds tell the rest of us. You are not a reasonable person!

    • Yup

      Uhhh “nope”, you don’t have a knack for reading, do you? I think you missed every bit of sarcasm in my reponse… I’ll give you a hint, k!? THE ENTIRE POST WAS SARCASM. It’s fools like YOU that make the other fools look intelligent.

      • yupiskwere!

        Anndddddd your one of those other fools.

      • Yup

        Please, explain… Or are you mad beacause Abdul is not a peaceful Muslim?

        Now both of you are idiots… Keep typing, making you look stupid is really easy.

  • TC

    Cowards, why not attack in the open?

    • Yup

      My guess is because they didn’t feel like getting caught?

      • rjm2238

        Nope, they are filthy cowards. Their cause is so vile that they are themselves ashamed to admit hey would kill for it. As ling as they can remain safely under the rocks where they live, they are real tough. Call them out and you will see that they, like others who only dare to attack in bunches and under cover, got nothing.
        A bunch of two bit punks.
        Rich in New Mexico.

  • Tomber

    Hey Hank, you dropped your tin foil hat.

    • Grimriffer

      Uh huh. 19 cave dwellers got NORAD to stand down so they could fly passenger jets into the World Trade Center towers and one building collapsed within itself when no plane hit it. Who’s wearing the tin-foil hat now?

  • lukuj

    No doubt it is those terrorist Tea Party people again, right? (sarc)

  • Thomas Jeffery Egleston

    Well, lets see, who sent the militarized anthrax…oh ya the CIA!

  • Cromulent

    Looks like someone committed Islam.

  • Jay

    I second Cuthean’s comment: MUSLIMS!

  • Wazzoon

    Did anyone see a Towelish person in the area?


    Of course we all know it is the Tea Party. NOT

  • Curt Cope

    There are 1 BILLION Muslims in the world. I find it odd, while you puzzies are allowing your wives, girlfriends, and children to be molested by TSA goons, why those crafty Muslims are not blowing up crowded bars, strip clubs, malls, concerts and etc. Is there someplace in the Koran that tells Muslims they may only blow up passenger jets to get their virgins? Our borders are wide open for hundreds of thousands of Mexicans to cross unmolested, yet those crafty Muslim ter-er-ists are not crossing those same borders and creating mayhem?

    Look out every-body! It’s a Mooslum! BOO!

    God bless Amerika?

    • DaveM

      Love it… I agree completely… STOP STEREOTYPING…

    • jason

      Whoa Curt, calm down man. You are going to blow a gasket any moment now.

      • Jane Louise Smith

        That’s violent rhetoric, jason. End the violent and vitriolic hate speech and discourse!!! /sarcasm

    • Sean Patriot

      1 Billion Muslims and only 1% are terrorists right? well, thats A LOT of terrorists now isnt it. Do I need to do the math for you?

      • Jane Louise Smith

        For those on you in the audience who are hard of hearing or blind, one percent (1.00%) of one billion (1,000,000,000) = ten million (10,000,000). Therefore, 10,000,000 Muslims are terrorists.

      • Curt Cope

        Yes Sean, please do the math for me.

        Jason, no gasket blowing. Just common sense.

        Boo. Muslim. Boo.

  • DaveM

    Q: What made the package suspicious?

    A: Because the return address was
    Department of Homeland Security
    Office of Janet ‘Veteran Hater’ Napolitano

  • Gayle

    Hydrogen Sulfide is my guess… Exposure to lower concentrations can result in eye irritation, a sore throat and cough, nausea, shortness of breath, and fluid in the lungs. These effects are believed to be due to the fact that hydrogen sulfide combines with alkali present in moist surface tissues to form sodium sulfide, a caustic.[12] These symptoms usually go away in a few weeks.

    caustic burns could be seen as ‘rash’ and those taken to the hospital are also suffering from respiratory problems…

    • Gayle

      Above info was taken from Wikipedia. Forgot that the link wouldn’t go through.

  • Altamar Guzman

    Any one heard a name Jesus also known as Yeshua he is still coming back you know and America has sinned as a nation by all the Abominations we do here in our land and that goes against God. So Repent all thee Nation for God is at hand God Bless.

  • KidsGranny

    Oops, didn’t know the return address was to Homeland Security. Disregard 1st comment. ^.^

  • Rick O'Shea

    Why all this hatred toward Islam? It was some white guy, home security said so.

    • Jim S.

      Well, the investigation is ongoing but we do not it is not Muslim terror related..that is certain. We are currently investigating white, right wing Christians because that is the most likely scenario………i can hear it now.

  • Bilbo

    Those damn Popish Crusaders are at it again no doubt. First the pillaging and looting…now this.

  • Quatsch

    Airman Smith report to the Base Post Office, your package of smoked sqid is here and slightly damaged.

  • Dave Shaffer

    Too bad this can’t be blamed on Bush…or can it?

    • Bush did it

      Bush did it.

  • kta,lGsto

    We’re so afraid of offending Muslims, yet they think nothing of offending us. Actually, if you are Muslim and you don’t want to be grouped in with the rest of the terrorists, help us find them. Quit trying to thwart our efforts of outing them and ridding the world of them. If you are Muslim and you are not HELPING to SOLVE the problem you ARE the PROBLEM…

    • dave

      R u guys serioius? r we talkinig H2S here?and no one smelled it right? No wonder u guys poopoo yourselves everytime somebody screams ‘wolf’

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