Law enforcement investigating multiple powder threats sent to New England schools

Law enforcement agencies are looking into why multiple schools in the state of Connecticut received envelopes this week containing suspicious white powder.

The incidents are similar to those that occurred throughout the country and caught the attention of the FBI. Island Avenue Elementary School in Madison told police on Wednesday that an envelope with an unknown powder was delivered to the school. The powder was later determined not to be harmful, the New Haven Register reports.

A similar situation occurred this week at Anna Reynolds School in Newington and at Kennedy Middle School in Enfield. Incidents similar to these have been reported in Texas, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In the Madison incident, a secretary opened the envelope and notified authorities before 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

"It's the normal task of the secretary to sort the mail in the morning, and when she got to that envelope, she opened it and right away she realized something was wrong," Anita Rutlin, the interim superintendent of schools in Madison, said, according to the New Haven Register. "There was powder. And of course, things had been on the news about Enfield."

The school went into lockdown and state police, the town's fire marshal, emergency management teams, and the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection came to the scene.

All of the schools involved in the Connecticut mailings have since been declared safe by health officials.

"All the authorities we needed were there," John Drum, Madison's police chief, said, according to the New Haven Register. "The danger, if any, is minimized to the student population. Tests conducted so far show it wasn't anything hazardous, but they're probably doing additional testing. Paramount for us is the concern of people and children, and everybody's fine."