Three hotels near MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., were reportedly evacuated Friday after a suspicious “white powder” was found on the premises.
Envelopes containing the suspicious substance were delivered to two hotels in Carlstadt, N.J., and one in East Rutherford, Jeanne Baratta, chief of staff at the Bergen County Executive’s Office, told CNN.
A hazmat team entered the Homewood Inn Suites in East Rutherford, and a “strong police presence” was seen at the Econo Lodge is Carlstadt, according to NorthJersey.com.
Lyndhurst Police Captain James O’Connor told FOX Sports 1’s Mike Garofolo that police are investigating a “suspicious envelope” at the Courtyard Lyndhurst Meadowlands in Lyndhurst, and CNN also reported that authorities “were investigating the contents of a letter sent to the Manhattan office of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.”
Update: East Rutherford Mayor James Cassella told CNN that the substance found at the Homewood Suites turned out to be cornstarch. An NYPD spokesman told the network that the contents of the envelope sent to Giuliani’s office also were deemed “non-toxic.”
Law enforcement told CNN that six envelopes in all were found in New Jersey, and that the incidents “were considered a routine investigation, not a threat.”
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