Envelope delivered to Eric Idle's home not hazardous, officials say

Authorities initially treated the scene as a possible anthrax scare as emergency crews converged on Eric Idle's home in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles.
IMAGE: Eric Idle in 2012
Eric Idle performs during the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London in August 2012.Kristy Wigglesworth / AP

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By Alex Johnson

LOS ANGELES — Emergency crews flocked to the home of the comedian Eric Idle on Monday night after a report of a suspicious powder in an envelope, which turned out not to be dangerous, fire officials said.

Police said a resident at the address called police about 6:20 p.m. NBC Los Angeles reported that Idle, 76, a longtime member of Monty Python's Flying Circus whose Broadway musical "Spamalot" won a Tony Award, lives at the address with his wife, the actor Tania Kosevich.

Officials initially said they were treating the scene as a possible anthrax scare.

Late Monday night, the Los Angeles Fire Department said that there was no hazard and that two people who were taken to a hospital were transported only as a precaution.

Emergency personnel at the home of Monty Python comedian Eric Idle in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles after an envelope containing an unknown powder was delivered on Monday night.NBC Los Angeles

It wasn't known whether Idle or Kosevich were home at the time.