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08/04/08 - Lake Tyler

Lake Tyler Man Explains Anthrax Connection

It was a connection one Lake Tyler man said he had no idea existed until this past weekend.

Dennis Holland began producing a first aid product back in 1991. A decade later, he wanted to know if his creation could kill anthrax.

He soon contacted Bruce Ivins at Fort Detrick, Maryland.  Ivins helped test Holland's product against the deadly substance.

Little did Holland know that Ivins would later be linked to the anthrax scare, and the deaths of 5 people.

"We have company names, we have university names, Iowa...Texas Tech...Texas A&M...we contacted a lot of people to find out where we could get it tested. When Bruce Ivins' name surfaced, it was like a light bulb went off," Holland told KLTV 7 News today.

Bruce Ivins committed suicide last week as authorities began to suspect him as the possible mastermind behind the 2001 anthrax attacks.

Holland says he contacted the FBI this morning.

He hopes whatever information he can provide can help authorities with the investigation.

Layron Livingston, reporting. llivingston@kltv.com

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