Pe­cu­liar pow­der found to be safe

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE REGION -

AR­LING­TON, Four Mile Run Dr., 4100 block, Jan. 5. Re­spond­ing to a re­quest from Ar­ling­ton County po­lice, an an­i­mal-con­trol of­fi­cer with the Hu­mane So­ci­ety made a run to a pop­u­lar recre­ational trail to in­ves­ti­gate a report of a “sus­pi­cious white pow­der” that a passerby feared had been placed there to poi­son dogs.

The pow­der was de­ter­mined to be ground chalk, a harm­less left­over from a road race.

Be­cause a dry sprin­kling poses no health risk, ath­letic-field marker chalk — which usu­ally is lime­stone-based — is com­monly used to tem­po­rar­ily mark pub­lic thor­ough­fares for walking and run­ning events. Among cases re­ceived by the An­i­mal Wel­fare League of Ar­ling­ton.

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