Veterans Administration Hospital front closed after suspicious white powder found

CINCINNATI - The front of the Veterans Administration Hospital on Vine Street closed Tuesday morning after a report of a suspicious white powder found in the building.

Cincinnati police reported emergency responders were called to the scene around 9:30 a.m. and the building front at 3200 Vine Street in Corryville was closed so they could investigate the situation.

Officials in the hospital report five people were near a tissue box when a white substance fell out of it as a tissue was removed. Those five people were quarantined, with one of them suffering an asthma attack. Cincinnati Health Department officials believe the powder to be non-biological or harmful, but are still running tests to determine what the substance is.

The incident occurred in office areas and regular hospital operations continued during the investigation, according to VA officials.

The incident marks the second time this week a white powdery substance was found at a local health institution. On Monday, three people were sent to the hospital after a substance was found at the Warren County Health and Human Services building in Lebanon.

9 On Your Side will update this story as more information becomes available.

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