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Suspicious powder mailed to hotels near Super Bowl site

Law enforcement outside an Econo Lodge in Carlstadt, N.J., on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014; it's one of five hotels near the site of Sunday's Super Bowl that authorities say were sent a suspicious white power. CBS New York

CARLSTADT, N.J. - The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are investigating a suspicious white powder that was mailed to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as well as at least five New Jersey hotels near the site of Sunday's Super Bowl, reports CBS New York.

The NYPD says the substance addressed to the former mayor is non-toxic.

Carlstadt Police Det. John Cleary says someone at an Econo Lodge found the white poweder in an envelope on Friday.

Cleary says similar mailings arrived at the Homestead Inn in East Rutherford and a Renaissance Inn in Rutherford. He says investigators intercepted additional envelopes from a mail truck before it reached a Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn in Carlstadt.

New Jersey State Police says the Joint Terrorism Task Force and hazardous materials units have responded to several of the locations, and that there are no injuries reported.

All of the hotels involved appear to be within a few miles, at most, of Met Life Stadium, the site of Sunday's NFL Super Bowl in East Rutherford, NJ.

CBS New York reports the suspicious powder addressed to Giuliani was received at around 10:30 a.m. Friday and that eight people were exposed to the substance. All of those people have reportedly been decontaminated and no health issues or injuries have been identified.






  • Stephanie Slifer

    Stephanie Slifer covers crime and justice for CBSNews.com.

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