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White powder is sent to Barack Obamas DC office

Police in DC are investigating a 'white substance' that was sent to former President Obama's office space in the city

Police in DC are investigating a 'white substance' that was sent to former President Obama's office space in the city. 

The incident was reported around 12.30pm at 1250 24th St NW in DC, Fox 5 TV reported. 

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

The substance is thought to be baby powder. 

It is not clear if Obama was at the office at the time. 

Obama has been leasing the space since he left the White House in January 2017, and uses it to conduct his business while in the capital. His home is located about a mile from his home in the nearby neighborhood Kalorama.

The incident was reported around 12.30pm at 1250 24th St NW in DC, Fox 5 TV reported

Fire and EMS Battalion Chief Edward Smith said the powder was delivered in a letter from Hong Kong. The substance is thought to be baby powder

It is not clear if Obama was at the office, which is about a mile from his DC home, at the time. He has been leasing it since 2017 after leaving the White House 

It is not clear if Obama was at the office, which is about a mile from his DC home, at the time. He has been leasing it since 2017 after leaving the White House 

The building is owned and the headquarters for the non-profit World Wildlife Fund

The building is owned and the headquarters for the non-profit World Wildlife Fund

The building is owned and the headquarters for the non-profit World Wildlife Fund.

Police have said traffic in the surrounding area will be closed until everything is cleared up.  

The incident comes just one day after a white substance was sent along with a threatening note to Donald Trump Jr's wife in New York.

Vanessa Trump was rushed to the hospital after she opened the letter and found the white powder. 

The letter read: 'You're an awful person and now you get what you deserve.' 

The substance turned out to be corn starch. 

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. 

Barack and Michelle Obama were in the capital as recently as Monday, when their  portraits were unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery

Barack and Michelle Obama were in the capital as recently as Monday, when their portraits were unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery

The incident comes just one day after a white substance was sent along with a threatening note to Donald Trump Jr's wife Vanessa in New York. Don Jr and Vanessa are pictured behind bodyguards as they leave their building in midtown Manhattan Tuesday, a day after the incident

The incident comes just one day after a white substance was sent along with a threatening note to Donald Trump Jr's wife Vanessa in New York. Don Jr and Vanessa are pictured behind bodyguards as they leave their building in midtown Manhattan Tuesday, a day after the incident