Authorities in Washington, D.C., responded on Tuesday after a white powdery substance was discovered in mail sent to former President Obama’s offices.
D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Metropolitan Police Department said the substance was quickly cleared from the building, the headquarters for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), where Obama leases space. The substance was found to be nonhazardous.
Police did not say where the substance came from or its intended recipient. It was discovered in the building’s mailroom before authorities were called to the scene.
“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. “Whatever the substance was, it was deemed to be nonhazardous.”
Karimah Bilal, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department, said that the situation was cleared shortly after noon. Both the FBI and the Secret Service, which provides protection to former presidents and their spouses, were on the scene as well, she said.
Fox 5 D.C. reported that mail containing the white substance was sent to the building from Hong Kong and had no return address. The Hill could not immediately verify that report.
#Developing: DC Fire & EMS Battalion Chief Edward Smith tells @Fox5DC a letter was mailed to World Wildlife Federation. Their building also houses former Pres. Obama offices. Letter from Hong Kong containing baby powder had no return address. pic.twitter.com/9zt1QDDIWx
— Tom Fitzgerald (@FitzFox5DC) February 13, 2018
The World Wildlife Fund did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.
Obama leased office space in the WWF headquarters in Northwest Washington in late 2016 to carry out his post-presidential work. The office is about a mile from the affluent D.C. neighborhood of Kalorama, where Obama and former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaSNL’s Melania Trump gets advice from former first ladies ahead of the State of the Union Trump to host Super Bowl watch party at Florida golf club Michelle Obama: Bad behavior in the age of Trump makes teachers’ jobs more difficult MORE are living while their youngest daughter Sasha Obama finishes high school.
The incident came a day after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump’s desire for military parade: ‘We have a Napoleon in the making’ MORE‘s daughter-in-law Vanessa Trump and her mother, Bonnie Haydon, were hospitalized as a precaution after they opened a letter containing a white powdery substance.
The letter was addressed to the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. denies father is racist: Black leaders who criticize all ‘have pictures with him’ Bannon likely to meet next week with Mueller: report Meghan McCain: Melania is ‘my favorite Trump, by far’ MORE The substance was later determined to nonhazardous.
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