White Powder Being Mailed To Hotels Near Super Bowl Site, Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliana, Highlight Hollywood News
Authorities Friday were investigating white powder scares at New Jersey hotels near the site of the Super Bowl and at the Manhattan office of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Hazardous materials teams and bomb squads responded after white powder was found at several hotels near New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, authorities said. The contents of one letter sent to the Homewood Suites in East Rutherford, New Jersey, was tested and determined to be cornstarch, according to East Rutherford Mayor James Cassella.
A New York police spokesman said the letter sent to Giuliani’s office contained a “non-toxic substance.” Eight employees in the mailroom were decontaminated as a precaution, and no one has shown any sign of illness.
In a statement, the 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.”
The scares come amid tight security before Sunday’s game. More air marshals and behavioral detection officers, radiological detection teams and random baggage checks at transit hubs are among the security measures the federal Homeland Security Department deployed to help local police in New Jersey and New York secure the Super Bowl.
The stadium’s location near a major airport and busy commuter train lines presents security challenges. Unlike audiences for other championship games, spectators of Super Bowl XLVIII will rely heavily on mass transit.
Law enforcement officials told media outlets that six letters were discovered in New Jersey.
The FBI and local officials were monitoring the situation. Law enforcement officials said the incidents were considered a routine investigation, not a threat.
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