- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Authorities are trying to determine who mailed a harmless white powder to two Jewish organizations in Boulder County.

Employees at the Jewish Community Center discovered the powder inside a letter with a threatening message Monday morning, prompting the evacuation of the building. Minutes after officials announced the powder didn’t pose a danger, police responded to Congregation Har HaShem, a synagogue about five miles away, where a letter with white powder was also found.

Workers made the discovery while opening the mail outside after hearing about the letter sent to the community center, police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said. Field tests found that powder was also harmless. It wasn’t immediately clear if that letter had a threatening message.

A statement from the leaders of the Jewish Community Center said its staffers responded quickly and carefully to the letter because of its security procedures.

“Jewish institutions face unique security concerns, which is why we are continually reviewing and evaluating our security protocols,” they said.

The investigation comes in the middle of Passover, the weeklong Jewish commemoration of the deliverance of the ancient Hebrews from Egypt.

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