“Dear PoPville,

Today I noticed some odd piles of a yellow powder around the area of 17th NW between Corcoran and S (see photo above of one of the piles). I have no idea what it could be, especially because the piles seemed randomly placed throughout the sidewalk, were dry, and seemed to serve no purpose. I think we saw around 7+ piles. It didn’t seem to have an odor and my dog was unusually interested in it. Am I just clueless to this being a completely normal thing that serves a very normal purpose? I just want someone to solve this powder puzzle for me.”

Still photo of plane from video

“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday (Saturday Sept 27) around noon, a Navy plane was flying low circles over Columbia Heights, Shaw, and further southeast of us. My boyfriend, a former Army Ranger, spotted several objects– possibly parachuters?– dropped out of the plane down in the Capitol’s direction from where we are in Columbia Heights. The plane continued to circle a few more times before gaining altitude.

I’ve video of it (In the sky over the tree, you can see a few white glistening lines that the camera tried to focus on but couldn’t catch. Also shows the Navy plane circling over.), but my iPhone wasn’t as up to the task and it’s not very clear. I’ve been waiting to see if someone is going to write about it, but both the Post and the DC blogs don’t have anything yet.

So what’s the deal? Were the Marines having a bit of fun practicing a new response in the field? Think they could let us know? To the few residents paying attention enough, seeing a military plane drop objects over the capital can be mildly alarming.”

Thanks to BH for sending the photo below: