City Desk

Packages Go From Suspicious to Hostile

The Capital reported early this afternoon that "two packages have exploded today in state government buildings located in Anne Arundel County, according to government officials." The packages exploded in the mail rooms of the Jeffrey Building and the Maryland Department of Transportation building in downtown Annapolis and Hanover, respectively. Employees have been warned not to open any mail or packages following the incident.

Accounts of injuries are varied; CNN's count is one injured, but TBD notes that:

"ABC7 originally reported that at least seven people were injured, but that's no longer clear. Anne Arundel's fire chief said people were being treated for injuries, but a spokesman for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said no one was injured. WBAL also reported that a state police official said some people burned their fingers, and one person was transported for treatment."

So far, no similar incidents have occurred in the District, but safety measures are being taken anyway. Just after 3 p.m., NBC4's Tom Sherwood tweeted, "DC GOVT shuts down all city govt mailrooms until mail explosions in maryland cleared up. Precautionary only."

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  • Rick Mangus

    They shouldn't check mail that a violation of my civil rights, I'm calling the ACLU!

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