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FBI probes suspicious powder at Super Bowl hotels

Published on Feb 1, 2014 3:18 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - The FBI and US police officers were investigating Friday suspicious powder sent by mail to at least five hotels near the stadium hosting Sunday's Super Bowl, officials said.

The FBI confirmed that its joint terrorism task force and hazard materials units had responded to "several locations" that received a "suspicious letter and substance." "This situation is being thoroughly investigated and more information will be provided when it becomes available," said spokeswoman Barbara Woodruff.

Detective John Cleary from Carlstadt police told AFP there were at least five locations and five letters "in close proximity" to the stadium in East Rutherford where 80,000 people are expected to watch Sunday's football final, the biggest US sporting event.

The detective said local police received a first call at around 11:30 am from the Econo Lodge on Washington Avenue in Carlstadt after hotel staff were opening letters.

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