Suspicious Substance Found in Letter at Jamaican Embassy

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A suspicious substance was found in a letter sent to the Jamaican Embassy on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (Photo credit: Kevin Rincon/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

A suspicious substance was found in a letter sent to the Jamaican Embassy on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (Photo credit: Kevin Rincon/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A suspicious substance was found in a letter sent to the Jamaican Embassy near Dupont Circle on Tuesday, officials said.

At least one person was exposed to the unknown powdery substance, authorities said.

D.C. Fire and the Secret Service arrived at the embassy at 1520 New Hampshire Ave. NW at about noon. The entire block around the embassy was shut down while authorities were on the scene.

A hazmat team was called to the embassy and was seen leaving the building with what appeared to be the suspicious letter in a sealed bag, according to WNEW’s Kevin Rincon.

New Hampshire Avenue was closed in both directions between Q Street and Dupont Circle for more than an hour Tuesday afternoon as authorities investigated the incident. New Hampshire Avenue was reopened just after 2 p.m.

The person who came in contact with the suspicious substance was not identified.

WNEW’s Kevin Rincon contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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