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What are these piles of yellow powder on the sidewalks?

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“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.”

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