Ricin scare spreads to Arizona
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Reporter: Liz Kotalik
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Hazmat suits, fire trucks, police officers and all, this is the scene in Phoenix as the risin scare continues to spread.
A suspicious package at Senator Jeff Flake's office, then one at Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema's.
Both turned out to be safe, but in D.C., Congressman Raul Grijalva says it's a different story.
"Scared, no. Concerned for other people and concerned about the fact that there's an element that would do that? yeah!"
This element apparently goes by the initials "K.C."
At least that's how someone signed their ricin-filled letters to Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker and the president.
The plant-based poison can easily be made by castor seeds, but Medical Director at Arizona Poison and Drug Information, Dr. Mazda Shirazi, said it's more complicated to make it deadly.
"To an extent that it can be an effective weapon against an individual or a population, it requires specialized labs."
But whether they're deadly amounts or not, we're dealing with an act of terror.
While congressional offices in D.C have off-site mail rooms to protect them, in district offices back at home, Grijalva said they can only rely on staff.
"As to anything that even remotely looks suspicious,we immediately call the police and they call the postal inspectors and it's dealt that way."
And until the culprit is finally caught, everyone is told to be overly cautious, but to not let this terror take over your life.