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Suspicious powder mailed to hotels near Super Bowl

3:10 PM, Jan 31, 2014   |    comments
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NEW YORK (USA TODAY) Two days ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey, the FBI and local authorities were conducting an investigation into the mail delivery of "suspicious white power" to six New Jersey hotels and a post office on Friday, the New Jersey State Police said.

Police in Rutherford, N.J., told the Bergen Record that initial tests showed the substance was not toxic.

"Preliminary tests indicate the substance was corn starch," Rutherford Police Chief John Russo told the newspaper.

WABC-TV in New York, which was first to report the story, said the police department in Carlstadt, N.J., received a call from an Econo Lodge at 11:30 a.m. ET that someone had opened a letter with the powder in it. Police then began receiving calls from the other hotels in East Rutherford, Hasbrouck Heights, Lyndhurst and Rutherford, WABC reported.

The television station said no injuries had been reported and no evacuations ordered.

In a statement, New Jersey State Police said, "The Joint Terrorism Task Force and Hazard Materials units have responded to several locations that have received a suspicious letter and substance. There are no reported injuries at this time, and the locations are being secured. This situation is being thoroughly investigated and more information will be provided when it becomes available."

CNN reported that in New York authorities also were looking into the delivery of a letter containing white power to the Manhattan office of former New York mayor Rudy Guiliani.

AP

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