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.

Copyright KMOX Radio

Comments (72)
  1. cuthean says:


    1. Yup says:

      No, they’re peaceful people! Sarcasm -Off

      1. Abdul Haman Kachari says:

        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.

    2. Paolo says:

      Obama’s sleeper cells have been activated.

    3. Yup says:

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

      1. Abdul Haman Kachari says:

        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.

      2. yupiskwere! says:

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

      3. Abdul Haman Kachari says:

        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.

      4. Paul D Weston says:

        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.

  2. Hank Warren says:

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

    1. Grimriffer says:

      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.

      1. Sean Patriot says:

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

      2. Ryan TX says:

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

  3. William Manning says:

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

    1. Yup says:

      I don’t think so, Sunshine.


  4. Chuck Farley says:

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

    1. Yup says:

      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.

      1. Jane Louise Smith says:

        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.

      2. Nope says:

        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!

    2. Yup says:

      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.

      1. yupiskwere! says:

        Anndddddd your one of those other fools.

      2. Yup says:

        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.

  5. TC says:

    Cowards, why not attack in the open?

    1. Yup says:

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

      1. rjm2238 says:

        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.

  6. Tomber says:

    Hey Hank, you dropped your tin foil hat.

    1. Grimriffer says:

      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?

  7. lukuj says:

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

  8. Thomas Jeffery Egleston says:

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

  9. Cromulent says:

    Looks like someone committed Islam.

  10. Jay says:

    I second Cuthean’s comment: MUSLIMS!

  11. Wazzoon says:

    Did anyone see a Towelish person in the area?

  12. STORMEY says:

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

  13. Curt Cope says:

    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?

    1. DaveM says:

      Love it… I agree completely… STOP STEREOTYPING…

    2. jason says:

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

      1. Jane Louise Smith says:

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

    3. Sean Patriot says:

      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?

      1. Jane Louise Smith says:

        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.

      2. Curt Cope says:

        Yes Sean, please do the math for me.

        Jason, no gasket blowing. Just common sense.

        Boo. Muslim. Boo.

  14. DaveM says:

    Q: What made the package suspicious?

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

  15. Gayle says:

    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…

    1. Gayle says:

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

  16. Altamar Guzman says:

    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.

  17. KidsGranny says:

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

  18. Rick O'Shea says:

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

    1. Jim S. says:

      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.

  19. Bilbo says:

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

  20. Quatsch says:

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

  21. Dave Shaffer says:

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

    1. Bush did it says:

      Bush did it.

  22. kta,lGsto says:

    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…

    1. dave says:

      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’

  23. Abdul Haman Kachari says:


    1. Yup says:

      So much hatred from a peaceful Muslim! Tisk Tisk Abdul…

      Annnnnnnnd again, you’re an idiot.

    2. niagaraEST63 says:

      Abdul Haman Kachari, why are you causing trouble? You call yourself and your fellow Muslims “Peaceful,” yet, you create mockery of your statement posted earlier. You okay? Are you angry, upset, or do you need some therapy? Calm down, please!

  24. President Shleprock says:

    Anything to divert attention away from this abject failure of a President.

  25. Concerned Citizen says:

    have they recently been vaccinated by big pharma?

  26. timmy says:

    ugh correction its a EOD TEAM not just a regular haz-mat team!!

  27. Hurricain says:

    “There were earlier reports the odor was like of sulphur.”

    In other news, fart spray cans are no longer permitted on base.

  28. Sujalea says:

    Not all muslims are terrorists, but 99.99% of terrorists are muslim. It isn’t a stereotype if it’s true.

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