Letters sent to Mayor Bloomberg test positive for ricin

Posted at 5:49 PM, May 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-29 18:11:11-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) — The FBI is investigating after a pair of letters containing the poison ricin was sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

According to the NYPD, one letter was sent to a municipal building in New York Friday, while the other was sent Sunday to a building that houses the Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Washington, D.C.

Preliminary tests on the letters indicated the presence of ricin, officials said.

Mayor Bloomberg ricin

In the letters, the sender threatened Bloomberg with references to the debate on gun laws. Officials say civilian personnel in New York and Washington who came in contact with the opened letters remain asymptomatic.

However, members of the NYPD  Emergency Service Unit who came in contact with the letter that was opened at the city’s mail facility on Gold Street in Manhattan on Friday experienced minor symptoms of ricin exposure. The symptoms have since abated, NYPD officials said.