Law enforcement officers are currently investigating a case in which some powdery substance was mailed to former President Barack Obama’s office in Washington D.C.
On Tuesday at 11:05, DC Fire and EMS experts were dispatched to the scene to investigate the substance, said Public Information Officer Vito Maggiolo.
The former president has several offices in the building, the same unit that houses the headquarters of the World Wildfire Fund, an environmentalist organization.
According to a statement by a spokesperson of the US Secret Service, the package wasn’t addressed to a particular Secret Service protectee. Obama reportedly lives in the Kalorama neighborhood, which is also located near the place. No information has been released as to whether or not the former president was in his office at the time the powder was discovered.
Experts said the substance found wasn’t hazardous and that no one suffered any harm or was evacuated as a result.
According to a report by Fox News, the package originated from Hong Kong with no return address and all that was inside was baby powder.
A day before the incident, President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law, Venessa Trump, reportedly received a letter containing white powder. Even though nothing serious happened, Ms. Trump and two other people were taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure even as the powder was being investigated. Investigators believe the powder was nothing but cornstarch. The said letter had reportedly been postmarked from Boston.
The letter read, “You’re an awful person and now you get what you deserve.”
In a tweet that afternoon, Donald Trump Jr., Ms. Trump’s husband said he was “thankful that Vanessa & my children are safe and unharmed after the incredibly scary situation that occurred this morning”. He added, “Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior.”
Ivanka Trump, Mr. Trump Jr’s sister, tweeted, “No one deserves to be frightened this way.”
In the Obama case, investigators that responded to the alert blocked off the street as a precautionary measure even as they analyzed the substance.
Even though the powdery substances found in the two incidences have been found to be harmless, they still reminded people of the scary times after the 9/11 in which several politicians and media outlets received letters containing deadly anthrax spores, resulting in five deaths.