White powder envelopes close NYC banks
A rash of incidents involving envelopes containing a suspicious white powder had police scrambling around New York City on Monday and forced the nation’s fourth-biggest bank, Wells Fargo & Co, to shut down five branches.
In all six cases, the substance turned out to be “non- hazardous,” and in one case, the powder was identified as corn starch, a police spokesman said.
Four of the mailed envelopes contained an identical note, which included the language “Happy May Day,” the spokesman said.
The incident comes on the eve of a planned day of protests organized by the Occupy Wall Street movement and labor groups across the country. According to a website called maydaynyc.org, demonstrations are planned in New York City against “the corporations who rule our city.”