N.J. bank receives powder filled envelope

A Cedar Grove, New Jersey bank was the recipient of an envelope containing a suspicious powder this week.

The Citibank on Pompton Avenue received the letter on Tuesday morning, prompting fears of anthrax or another type of biothreat.

Following reports of an employee receiving the powder filled envelope, Cedar Grove police and hazardous materials officers were sent to the bank to secure the area, preventing anyone from entering or leaving the bank.

The Nutley Hazardous Material Unit, which had also reported to the scene, determined that the substance in the envelope was non-toxic.

Liz Smith, the bank's assistant manager, confirmed that that substance was not toxic. The bank remained open after the powder scare until its regular closing time.

Joe Marino, an upstairs resident of the Citibank building and identifying himself as the building's landlord, told NorthJersey.com that the envelope contained a condom filled with white powder.

"Somebody’s got to be sick," Marino told NorthJersey.com. "To do something like that, he’s got to be sick."

A multi-jurisdictional investigation has begun into the source of the envelope, with notifications of the incident sent to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, the New Jersey State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.