A suspicious envelope was found at the Plaza at Five Points condominium complex
Sarasota, Florida -- A mall in Sarasota has reopened after a person threw an unknown powdery substance into a store, but police are now investigating a suspicious envelope sent to a hotel.
Investigators do not believe the two incidents are related at this time.
The first incident began just before noon, when a man reportedly walked into the Lens Crafters store at Westfield Southgate Shopping Center, threw the substance and then fled the area.
Hazmat teams were called to the mall to examine the substance. No injuries or medical issues were reported.
Police say the substance appears to have been some kind of crushed-up solid. After determining it was not hazardous, officials reopened the mall to the public. The FBI is assisting in the investigation.
Then just before 2 p.m., lobby workers inside the Plaza at Five Points on 50 North Central Avenue found a letter that had a pumpkin and the words "TNT" and "kaboom" written on the envelope.
Sarasota's hazmat team was again called out, and deemed the envelope did not have any explosive and was not hazardous. There was no specific threat to any individual in the building at Plaza Five Points. The envelope was addressed and had a return address of the Plaza at Five Points.
Both incidents are under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sarasota Police Department at 941-954-7070 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477) or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com