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Boston police are investigating after a suspicious powder was discovered inside the Moakley Courthouse Monday afternoon, Boston Police spokeswoman Officer Kim Tavares said.

The substance was found inside the federal courthouse, located at 1 Courthouse Way, around 4:15 p.m., Tavares said.

There is no threat to public safety as a result of the incident, said Kristen Setera, an FBI spokesperson.

Setera declined to comment further on the situation.

This is a breaking news story that will be updated as more information becomes available.

Caroline Enos can be reached at caroline.enos@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @CarolineEnos.