FBI probes letters targeting hotels near Super Bowl site

Posted: February 02, 2014

The FBI is on the scene of several North Jersey hotels in the vicinity of the Meadowlands site of Sunday's Super Bowl that received letters containing a suspicious substance, Bergen County officials said.

County hazmat teams, the joint terrorism task force, and hazmat materials units all deployed to investigate, the FBI said in a news release.

The New Jersey State Police issued a statement saying there are no reported injuries and the locations are being secured.

The locations are the Econo Lodge on Washington Avenue in Carlstadt, the Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel on Rutherford Avenue in Rutherford, the Homewood Suites on Route 17 in East Rutherford, and the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights Meadowlands on Terrace Avenue in Hasbrouk Heights.

Front desk operators at all four locations said the hotels were open but declined to answer additional questions.

The Associated Press reported that someone at the Econo Lodge found the substance in an envelope on Friday matching similar mailings at the Homestead Inn in East Rutherford and the Renaissance Inn in Rutherford.

Additional envelopes were intercepted from a mail truck before they reached a Holiday Inn Express and Hampton Inn in Carlstadt.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report

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