NewsCopter7 was over the scene in West New Brighton after police say Judge Kim Dollard opened a letter and found white powder pouring out around 3:30 p.m.
The courthouse was immediately evacuated, but testing proved it was all just a scare.
The office of Court Administration released the following statement:
"Appropriate precautions and evacuations were made. The NYPD was notified and is in the process of doing a field test to determine the nature of the substance that was received in a letter by a court employee."
No injuries were reported.