Suspicious Powder in Darien Was a Hoax: Police

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    Two threatening letters delivered to Darien residents yesterday are the result of a hoax, and police have identified two school-age girls as the people responsible, authorities said.

    The first letter was delivered Saturday to a home on Rainbow Circle and the second was reported around 2:30 p.m. Monday after being delivered to a home in the Tokeneke section of town.

    The letters contained threatening messages and were filled with white powder, according to police.

    Darien police met with the girls and their parents around 5 p.m. today. During the meeting, the girls confessed to sending both letters and told police that the white powder found inside was a “non-toxic food product,” according to police.

    Police said the powder won’t be specifically identified until further testing is conducted to verify that the substance is harmless.

    The girls admitted to playing a prank and told police that the recipients of the letters were chosen at random, authorities said.

    Police said the two girls will be referred to the Juvenile Court system following discussions with the States Attorney’s office.

    Officers said there is no evidence to suggest that anyone is in danger or that any further incidents will occur.

    Darien police, state police, the FBI, Stamford Police Bomb Squad, the Dept. of Environmental Protection, the Darien Fire Marshal's Office, the Darien Fire Department and Darien EMS were all involved in the investigation.

    Darien police have since taken over.