Biden's Brother Hospitalized After Powder Scare

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

OCEAN RIDGE, Fla. 10-2-11

Vice President Joe Biden's brother says he was kept overnight at a Florida hospital after opening a suspicious package containing a powdery substance.

The envelope was mailed to Francis Biden's Ocean Ridge home.

Biden says his girlfriend retrieved the package from his mailbox Saturday afternoon, but he opened it.

Biden says a white powder spilled from the envelope and onto his skin.

He says he immediately called authorities, who evacuated neighbors and closed off the street.

Biden and his girlfriend were taken to a hospital.

The woman was released Saturday and Biden was released Sunday morning.

Biden says that he's fine.

He referred further questions about the power and the envelope to the FBI.

The FBI has said the powder appears to be harmless.

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