'White powder' sent to Barack Obama's Washington office sparks urgent probe

'White powder' sent to Barack Obama's Washington office sparks urgent probe

Washington D.C. police are checking into an unknown "white substance" that was reportedly mailed to former President Barack Obama's capital office, according to the New York Post.

Fire and EMS Battalion Chief Edward Smith said the powder was delivered in a letter from Hong Kong and had no return address.

The former president has been leasing the space at 1250 24th Street in Northwest, D.C. since leaving the office in January 2017.

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In addition, a hazardous materials team and the U.S. Secret Service also responded. The building is owned by the non-profit World Wildlife Fund, which has its headquarters in the space. The former president lives nearby with his family in the Kalorama neighborhood. It's unclear if Barack was in the office at the time the package was received. Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Secret Service, which provides protection to former presidents and their spouses, were on the scene as well, she said.

Vanessa, the wife of Donald's son Donald Trump Jr, opened the letter addressed to her husband and was rushed to hospital as a precautionary measure. The letter containing the white powder supposedly came from Boston-and the white powder was reportedly corn starch.

"The incident is over as far as DC Fire and EMS is concerned", Vito Maggiolo, the public information officer for D.C. Fire and EMS, told The Hill.

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