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Streets reopen as investigation ends

5:35 p.m. Update: D.C. police and fire emergency responders are wrapping up their investigation into a report of a suspicious package found Tuesday at the office of the American Psychological Association in Northeast.

Shortly before 2 p.m. police and fire officials responded to a call at 750 First St. NE after employees in the mailroom of the building found an envelope containing a white powder, said D.C. Fire/EMS spokesman Pete Piringer. The building was evacuated as a precaution, and several mailroom employees went to the hospital as a precautionary measure. There were no reports of symptoms or illness.

Tests performed by hazmat teams were inconclusive for a hazardous substance, Piringer said, and the envelope has been turned over to the FBI.

Several blocks around First St NE were closed during the investigation but they are slowly being reopened as emergency responders leave the scene

-- Theola Labbe-DeBose

4:20 p.m. Update: dcfireems just tweeted this:

"update - haz mat assisting PD - American Psych Assoc- 1st mailroom - eval package - no inj- 3 persons took selves to hosp - no symptoms"

The American Psychological Association is located at 750 First St. NE.

Original Post: District police have closed the 700 block of First Street NE while they investigate a report of a suspicious package.

An envelope containing a white powder was discovered in a high rise building at 750 First St. N.E. about 1:35 p.m., D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer said. The building was evacuated as a precaution.

No injuries or illnesses have been reported.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 2, 2010; 3:13 PM ET
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