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Hong Kong Police Probe White Powder Packets Received in City

An office in Hong Kong’s Cheung Kong Center received an envelope with an unidentified white powder, drawing fire trucks to the 70-story building and spurring a police investigation.

Authorities got a call for help at 11 a.m., according to a police spokeswoman who asked not to be named, citing police policy. The city’s Securities and Futures Commission as well as Goldman Sachs Group Inc. have offices in the building, which is owned by billionaire Li Ka-shing’s Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. The spokeswoman declined to say which office received the envelope.

Radio Television Hong Kong reported the SFC received a letter with powder that may have been the food additive monosodium glutamate. The letter was sent by a client who maintained a securities trading account with an unidentified bank, the report said, citing police. Similar letters were sent to four media organizations, it said.

The SFC filed a report today to the police in relation to a letter that it received, Ernest Kong, a spokesman for the regulator, said by telephone.

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority, located in the nearby International Finance Center, also received an envelope containing a suspicious powder today, the authority said in an e-mailed response to questions.

Laura Cheung, a spokeswoman for Hutchison Whampoa, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. Li is Asia’s richest man.

Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News, is also located in Cheung Kong Center.

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