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Threatening Notes, White Powder Sent to NYC Banks on Eve of May Day Protest


"Just in case you needed some incentive to stop working we have a little surprise for you."

NEW YORK (The Blaze/AP) -- Police say the white powder contained in several envelopes that were mailed to various bank branches in New York City turned out to be non-toxic.

Police say seven envelopes were sent Monday to several Wells Fargo branches, a JP Morgan Chase branch and an office building. Telephone calls to Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase were not immediately returned.

Police say the suspicious envelopes caused evacuations of several bank branches, but no injuries were reported. Police had no suspects.

"This is a reminder that you are not in control," said a message with the enveloped, according to ABC. "Just in case you needed some incentive to stop working we have a little surprise for you. Think fast you have seconds."

"Apparently, the message was aimed at the mail room workers among the '99 percent,'" New York police spokesman Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told ABC.

The envelopes were sent on the eve of planned May Day protests around the country.

Bill Dobbs, a spokesman for Occupy Wall Street, said the prank had nothing to do with their protest movement. He said the incidents distract from the May 1 events.

Still, the police believe the envelopes were intended to arrive on May 1 but got there early.

"They underestimated the efficiency of the U.S. Postal Service," one official told ABC.

The May Day protests planned by Occupy Wall Street are set to be massive. Movement officials in Seattle already fear violence, while New York City is dealing with threats from Occupiers to shut down bridges and tunnels.

You can stay up-to-date with all the news about today's planned events by visiting a special page that will aggregate all the stories on them here.

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