'White powder' sent to Barack Obama's office

Former US President Barack Obama speaks during an unveiling ceremony for portraits of himself and former First Lady Michelle Obama at the Smithsonian's National Portrait in Washington

'White powder' sent to Barack Obama's office

Police are launching an investigation after someone sent an envelope with white powder to former President Barack Obama's offices in Washington, D.C.

Officials were able to determine the substance was harmless and was, in fact, baby powder, but it tied up traffic and caused concern for people in the West End area between Dupont Circle and Georgetown.

Mr Obama has leased offices in the building since he left the White House in 2017.

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Police were called to Obama's office, in Northwest, DC, to reports of a white powdery substance being found, U.S. media reported.

The suspicious package was reported at approximately 12:30 pm and was delivered in a letter marked as having come from Hong Kong.

The letter was addressed to her husband, Donald Trump Jr. His wife, Vanessa Trump, was taken to the hospital, but no one was injured.

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This incident comes only one day after Donald Trump Jr.'s wife, Vanessa Trump, her mother and another unidentified person were reportedly hospitalized as a precaution in NY after receiving an envelope containing a white powder.

New York City Police later said that the substance was not toxic, according to the report. The white substance turned out to be cornstarch.

Both incidences have recalled the scary days after 9/11 when letters containing lethal anthrax spores were sent to the offices of several politicians and media outlets - resulting in five deaths.

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