Mysterious Letters With Powder Cause Panic Throughout Area

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The NYPD gave the all clear at the Guggenheim Museum restaurant at around 4pm Tuesday. Investigators have since determined the suspicious letter sent here contained non-hazardous material.

But no one knew that when the NYPD and a hazardous response team responded shortly after 12pm Tuesday to isolate the suspicious letter filled with white powder. PIX11spoke with three employees at the restaurant who said the employee who opened the letter is fine.

But the police activity disrupted the lunch crowd.

It's unclear what the motive is for sending these suspicious letters - or who's responsible.

It's been a busy 24-hours for the NYPD -- and law enforcement across the region.

Tuesday morning at around 9:15, a Haz-Mat team was sent over to P.S. 290 on east 82nd street, where two school employees opening mail discovered another envelope filled with a mysterious white substance.

Students there were moved to a different floor. As a precaution the white powder turned out to be harmless.

But you can imagine that's not what someone is thinking when they open a letter white power sprays out of it.

Yesterday the NYPD also responded to two separate incidents in Manhattan involving envelopes filled with what was ultimately determined to be a harmless white powder.

The first incident occurred inside a building at 235 west 56th street. The second incident occurred inside another school - ps 150 on Greenwich street in

Meantime, in Enfield, Connecticut police are testing a white powder discovered in the main office of a middle school.

There are two other schools in Massachusetts. The first, in Dedham...the other in Milford, where today police responded to reports of suspicious envelopes filled with a a white powder.

Police are also investigating suspicious letters sent to schools and businesses in Texas, Massachusetts, and Alabama.

Some of the schools were placed into lock down...and at least one of the letters was postmarked from Texas.

Police have not said whether all of the incidents are linked.

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