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Six hotels mailed envelopes with white powder near Super Bowl stadium, found to be harmless

By Kyle Johnson,

The Super Bowl is only days away and the FBI and New Jersey authorities are on alert after six hotels received envelopes containing "suspicious white powder," as well as a New Jersey post office. As everyone fretted about the powder, it turned out they were all harmless.

The envelopes were all sent to hotels that did not have either team staying there, according to a law enforcement source who spoke with NBC 4.

In addition to white powder, there was also the some identical message included inside of the envelopes. The white powder tested at one location was shown to be just baking powder.

USA Today reports that someone had originally called WABC-TV from an Econo Lodge and said someone else had opened an envelope that contained white powder.

N.J. State Police released a statement saying, "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."

According to The New York Times, an envelope sent to a Homewood Suites was full of what turned out to be cornstarch.

ESPN notes that after testing all the sites, it appeared that the substance mailed were all harmless, with it often being corn starch. Further testing was being done just to be sure.

Those who came in contact were sent to the hospital for evaluation, but no one has shown any signs of being sick.

Security levels are always heightened ahead of events like the Super Bowl, which is considered a Level 1 security event.

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