WABC-TV reported that the police first received a report from an Econo-Lodge at 11:30 a.m. Other hotels started calling in to report similar incidents following that. However, the station reports that so far there have been no evacuations or injuries reported. It is also not clear if the powder was packaged in a similar manner for all cases.
In addition to the hotels, a letter containing a suspicious powder was also sent to former mayor Rudolph Guiliani’s office, though it was not addressed to the Guilliani.
Haz-mat teams were sent to test the powers and determined they were non-toxic. A tweet from FBI New York stated, “Substances in suspicious letters in New York and New Jersey deemed non hazardous. Additional testing to come. @NJSP @NYPDNews“ According to NBC News, federal officials told NBC that one letter only contained baking soda.
The New Jersey State Police stated that the situation will be further investigated and should any information become available, the police will provide it to the public.