Suspicious Powder Sent to Manhattan Banks, Mayor's Office

By Patrick Hedlund on May 1, 2012 7:14am 

Authorities set up a blue tarp at Wells Fargo at 180 Madison Ave. after the discovery of a suspicious substance there on April 30, 2012.
Authorities set up a blue tarp at Wells Fargo at 180 Madison Ave. after the discovery of a suspicious substance there on April 30, 2012.
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MANHATTAN — Several packages containing a suspicious white powder were sent Monday to financial institutions across Manhattan and to the mayor's office, authorities said.

The powdery substance, which was ultimately deemed non-toxic, was delivered to five Wells Fargo bank branches, the Midtown offices of financial giant JP Morgan Chase as well as Mayor Michael Bloomberg's downtown office, NYPD officials said.

The exact addresses of all the locations that received the powder were not available, but three of the bank branches were in Midtown, one was Downtown and one was located Uptown, police said.

At one of the addresses, a Wells Fargo branch at 180 Madison Ave., a woman and two firefighters had to be decontaminated at the scene before the substance was deemed harmless.

The incidents are under investigation, cops added.

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