Powder sent to sites near Super Bowl not hazardous: FBI

Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:46pm EST
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By Edith Honan and Victoria Cavaliere

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several suspicious letters that sparked a security scare near the site of this weekend's Super Bowl contained a powdery substance that was not hazardous, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Friday.

No injuries were reported at the sites around New Jersey and New York where the letters were received, which included at least two hotels and the offices of former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Police have been out in force throughout the metropolitan area ahead of the February 2 National Football League championship game. Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, about 10 miles west of New York City has been on lockdown since Sunday.

At an Econo Lodge hotel in Carlstadt, New Jersey, which had received an envelope containing a loose white powder, hotel general manager Eylem Naik said authorities had tested the powder and pronounced it harmless.

"Everything is under control," Naik said. "They are leaving the premises now."

A letter was also found at a Homewood Suites by Hilton in East Rutherford, according to a local police officer.

"Everything is fine, the hotel is operating now as normal," said the officer, who declined to give his name as the case is now being handled by the FBI.

The FBI said on Twitter that the powder was "deemed non hazardous" and was still being tested.   Continued...

Investigators are seen outside the United States Post Office in Rutherford, New Jersey, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton