D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Metropolitan Police Department were on the scene at former President Obama’s D.C. office after reports of a white powdery substance being found.
The substance was quickly cleared from the building and was found to be nonhazardous.
The incident was reported around 12:30 p.m. at 1250 24th Street in Northwest, D.C. The former president has leased office space at the building since leaving office in January 2017. The building is owned and is headquarters to non-profit World Wildlife Fund.
The Obama family lives in D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood which is near the office. It is unclear if the former president was in the office when the incident was reported.
It comes just a day after Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law was taken to hospital a letter containing a ‘suspicious substance’ was sent to her New York apartment.
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.