An investigation is being held by the FBI and the Massachusetts state police looking into the Straight Pride Parade receiving some suspicious packages in the mail. The suspicious substance in the package appeared to be glitter.
At least three of the parade organizers received an envelope with no return address. This is according to Samson Racioppi. He is a part of the group Super Happy Fun America which is who applied for a permit to host the Straight Pride Parade in August in Boston.
On Monday Racioppi received the envelope around 1:30 p.m. and called the police due to its strange appearance.
“I went out to my mailbox and there was an envelope in there with my name and address, no return address, the back was very heavily taped up and when I shook it I heard stuff shaking around inside,” Racioppi said.
His street was shut down by a hazmat team and all of the neighbors were instructed to leave during the investigation.
Racioppi said he called other organizers and told them to check their mail. He says at least two other organizers, including Super Happy Fun America’s vice president Mark Sahady received similar envelopes.
Sahady told CNN that he called police after receiving an envelope that appeared to be filled with a sand-like substance.
Sahady said he was later told by an officer that the envelope contained glitter and a handwritten letter.
The FBI does not believe the packages pose a threat to public safety and the investigation is ongoing, Kristen Setera, a spokesperson for the bureau, told CNN Monday.
Neither the Massachusetts State Police nor the FBI would comment on who the packages were sent to.
I’m no Columbo, but it’s pretty obvious this is a prank from someone from the LGBT community. Glitter is something many would consider synonymous with their community.