Reports of suspicious hazardous materials found at hotel near Metlife are coming out. Several nearby hotels are being evacuated as Bergen County has sent hazmat and bomb squad teams to three hotels near MetLife Stadium this morning after deliveries of a suspicious substance were made to the hotels.
People are now being evacuated out of the hotels that are hosting patrons attending this year’s Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.
Bergen County Hazmat along with police and fire departments are at the Homewood Suites Hilton in East Rutherford Route 17 southbound on a hazardous material call.
The substances were delivered this morning and reported to county officials at 11:42 a.m., said Jeanne Barratta, chief of staff to Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan.
She said the substance was delivered to two hotels in Carlstadt and one in East Rutherford. She said she did not know if anyone at the hotel was exposed to the substance. The FBI and New Jersey State Police are also working the case, she said.
It’s still unclear as to what the substance was or how dangerous it is to people staying at those hotels or bystanders round the area. It has been reported that the substance is a “white, powdery substance”.
Ambulances and even military aircrafts are now being reported to be around the scene.
As of now, no reported injuries have been reported, and the substance in question has been determined to be harmless.
It appears as though this was a cruel hoax, but thankfully, no one has been harmed as a result of it.
Here is the latest update from Fox Sports 1, who was one of the first to report the new via Mike Garafolo.