A suspicious substance inside of a letter has sent at least 11 people to the hospital at the Virginia base where the Marine Corps are headquartered.
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia suffered the suspected chemical attack this afternoon after a letter was opened containing a suspicious substance.
Eleven people were hospitalized with nose bleeds and burning sensations.
At least 11 people have fallen ill on a Virginia military base after a letter was opened containing a suspicious substance.
Staff at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington suffered nose bleeds and complained or burning sensations after the unidentified chemical sparked a hazmat situation on Tuesday.
Henderson Hall is the headquarters of the US Marine Corps. It is an administrative center that includes both military and civilian personnel.
An envelope containing an unknown substance was received, today, aboard Joint Base Ft. Myer-Henderson Hall,’ a spokesperson for the Marine Corps told CNN.
‘Personnel in the affected building took immediate preventative measures by evacuating the building. Base officials and are coordinating with local HAZMAT teams and FBI.
‘Several Marines are receiving medical care as a result of this incident. No additional details are available at this time as the investigation is ongoing.’
Firefighters from Arlington County as well as an EMS task force, which is usually summoned to mass casualty scenes, responded to the call.
After the letter in question was opened, the building was promptly evacuated. Authorities also dispatched an emergency contamination unit.
On February 13, hazmat crews were summoned to the office space used by former President Barack Obama in Washington, DC after a letter said to have contained a white substance was opened.
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 was 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 office is located about a mile from his home in the nearby neighborhood Kalorama.
The incident came 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 as a precaution 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.
Here is video from CBS News.