City Hall Evacuated After Jersey City Mayor Receives White Powder, Tim Tebow Pic

Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterNovember 19, 2013

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Just when you think real life is lacking in Law and Order-style weirdness, BAM—a letter filled with an unknown, powdery substance and a picture of Tim Tebow shows up on your doorstep.

That’s the bizarre scenario that unfolded Monday afternoon at the Jersey City, N.J., City Hall, according to Michaelangelo Conte of the Jersey Journal (via Fox Sports).

The news outlet reports that a little after 2 p.m., the City Hall building was evacuated after receiving a strange letter filled with religious literature, an unidentified white powder and a photograph of Tim Tebow.

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets completes drills before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The letter was addressed to Steven Fulop, the mayor of Jersey City, as well as his “family and friends.” Its strange contents were discovered by a mayoral aide, who was more than a little concerned when white powder tumbled out of the opened letter.

Authorities were immediately notified, and the building was evacuated. Police and other emergency response personnel—including a hazmat team—surrounded the premises, and the individuals in the room at the time of the letter’s opening were placed in quarantine.

Clearly, the incident was handled as a potential biological attack threat. Fortunately, the powder turned out to be a harmless substance.

CBS New York further elaborated on the envelope’s contents, per the Journal's report:

There was also a letter inside, which sources told the newspaper contained "spiritual stuff; heaven stuff," along with a picture of the former Jets quarterback. But the exact contents of the letter were not revealed to the newspaper pending investigation.

Authorities have yet to draw a bead on the envelope’s origins, saying the letter’s return address is fake.


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