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Cupertino campus hit with brief terrorist panic

updated 10:10 am EDT, Thu May 7, 2009

Cupertino terrorist panic

Apple's Cupertino headquarters was impacted by a short-lived terrorist scare on Wednesday, a local newspaper reports. Mercury News writes that while in the Building 4 cafeteria, one Apple worker discovered a "suspicious" envelope containing a white powder. Though the powder did not have an affect on the worker or anyone else, the incident was enough to prompt a call to emergency services.

Fire crews from Santa Clara County arrived at the Apple campus at approximately 3:30PM, where they ordered an evacuation of Building 4 and retrieved the envelope using hazmat gear. Early tests immediately showed that the powder was not a danger, but the county sheriff's office says that the envelope has nevertheless been taken to a lab for analysis.

The US has been affected by a host of similar panics since 2001, when a small number of people were killed by envelopes laced with anthrax. Few subsequent incidents have proven to be a genuine threat.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Mimi-mim

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's the real thing.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    To: Mimi-mim


  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Where was Ballmer?

    This doesn't sound like a typical Ballmer attack...

    Places bag of dog s*** on doorstep.
    Lights on fire.
    Rings doorbell.

    Victims should listen for hysterical giggling from nearby shrubbery.

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Return address?

    Was it by chance, Redmond, WA?

  1. mullum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    blow up !

    has anyone seen my bag of blow lying around anywhere ?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Maybe someone thought they saw Ballmer with his shirt off and paniced.

  1. osxpro

    Joined: Dec 1969


    White poweder

    An envelope with white power located in a california computer company, in a room full of young yuppies... Come on! That was meant for Friday night! I bet the guy is jonesin about now!

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The usual suspects

    Hmm, I'm sure George W. Bush will still get the blame for this one. However, my bet is on Greenpeace.


  1. martinX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Marketing Dept

    Once they realised it wasn't anthrax, they sent it to the Marketing Department who were having a party. Again.

  1. JackWebb

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Panicked, not paniced

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