Monday’s story by Trevor Martin (“University probes mail system,” Oct. 22, p. 1) advocated placing suspicious packages in water or a confined space. In actuality, one should not do this, as the mass e-mail from University administrators clearly states. If a bomb were placed in water, it may detonate on contact. An explosive device placed in a confined area may cause greater damage.
A letter suspected to have Anthrax should never be placed in water, as it may wash away the evidence. Instead, a suspicious letter should either be covered if already opened and a powder is present or sealed in a plastic bag, according to the U.S. Postal Service.