The US embassy in Sri Lanka reopens next Monday, after a hoax anthrax scare.

The US embassy in Sri Lanka reopens next Monday, after a hoax anthrax scare. The US embassy in Sri Lanka reopens next Monday, after a hoax anthrax scare. The embassy was shut on Tuesday after receiving a letter which contained some unidentified “powder”.

Fearing an anthrax-type attack, the embassy shut its air conditioning system, switched off fans and ordered staff to leave.

Tests conducted on a white powder found in an envelope this week at the Embassy proved negative for any toxic substances, a statement said Friday.

“We appreciate the support and concern that we have received from the Sri Lankan Government and other friends and partners. In particular, we appreciate the efforts and cooperation provided by Dr. Colombage, Director of Laboratories of Medical Research Institute of Colombo, and by her staff,” the statement said.

The Embassy will now return to normal operating hours next week and notify new visa applicants by fax of their new interview dates.