>1:17 p.m.: An email from ABC News’ David Westin:
Contractors doing some work in the basement of our Washington bureau came across some powder they found suspicious. Out of an abundance of caution we have evacuated the facility until the authorities can confirm that this is nothing to worry about. We will let you know when we have further word.
>1:23 p.m.: John Eggerton has more:
According to one source, the powder was discovered in a mail room, suggesting the anthrax scares that followed 9/11.
At press time, the street in front of the building had been blocked off by yellow tape and at least two fire engines had responded to the scene, with the building alarm still ringing.
No word on when they would be allowed back in. “I don’t think we’re going back in anytime soon,” said one of the crowd of ABC News staffers lining the street, many on cell phones.
>1:52p.m.: All’s good in the hood. Employees are back in the building.