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Packages explode at Md. state government buildings

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posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 01:19 PM
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This is just breaking ... 2 packages have exploded in 2 Maryland govt' buildings...


wtop.com


WASHINGTON - Two packages have exploded in Maryland state government buildings.
A government official tells WTOP one package was at the Jeffrey Building in Annapolis and another was at the Maryland Department of Transportation building in Hanover.



So far no one has been hurt.. thank goodness..




posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 01:24 PM
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Originally posted by JacKatMtn



So far no one has been hurt.. thank goodness..


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Lets hope no compartmentalized agents were harmed.

That would be really, really, really sad....


edit on 6-1-2011 by vermonster because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 01:25 PM
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Here's a conflicting report saying that several were injured in an explosion in Maryland..


www.abc2news.com< br />
HANOVER, Md. - Sources tell ABC2News.com that several people have been injured after an explosion at the Maryland Department of Transportation Headquarters in Anne Arundel County. Sources also say it may have been an improvised explosive device.

It happened just after 1pm Thursday afternoon. ABC2 News reporter, Don Harrison, is at the scene where fire crews are treating those who were hurt.



posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 01:27 PM
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More details on the situation here:


Bomb squad at building near State House after mailroom employee injured

A Maryland State House mailroom employee was injured Thursday afternoon while handling a package, and the incident was being investigated by bomb squad officials, according to Annapolis city officials.

The Annapolis Fire Department's bomb squad was investigating the incident and the state's bomb squad and FBI officials were on their way to the Jeffrey Building on Francis Street, where the incident took place, as of 12:51 p.m., according to Phillip McGowan, a spokesman for Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen.



posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 01:29 PM
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If anyone thinks this attacks will slow down the agenda of those in power, they're sadly mistaken.
Every bomb that goes off.. explodes a bit of our freedom. World freedom.

Chances are, it was a disgruntled ex employee.



posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 01:29 PM
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If anyone thinks this attacks will slow down the agenda of those in power, they're sadly mistaken.
Every bomb that goes off.. explodes a bit of our freedom. World freedom.

Chances are, it was a disgruntled ex employee.



posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 01:31 PM
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Originally posted by CanadianDream420


Chances are, it was a disgruntled ex employee.


Doubt it.

History tells me it was most likely the CIA/MOSSAD.

Operation Northwoods style



posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 01:35 PM
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vermon-

you are 100% right!!!

if there were as many bad guys as 'they' tell us there are, we would be attacked EVERY single time we walk out the door.

thank god it is not that bad. if not, sports players, singers, etc, before 1990, you could walk into madison square garden without walking thru a metal detector.

now, if there were as many 'madmen' as they tell us, why didnt a disgruntled knicks fan try and off micheal jordan?

because, the only bad guys with the 'power' to pull off such events, are gov bad guys. any other small time crook, wants to steal the safe from some bank, the last thing they think about is blowing up some building.
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posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 01:36 PM
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Could be one of those situations, that's why I want to gather as many sources of news reports, so we can dissect them as the story unfolds...

more here:


cnn.com

...The Jeffrey Building in Annapolis houses the state Homeland Security office, the Secretary of State and Veterans Affairs offices and some divisions of the governor's office, according to state property managers...



and here:


Two explosive devices at state buildings; all mailrooms locked down

Explosive devices have been reported at two state buildings — one near the State House in Annapolis and another in Hanover — and have injured at least one man, officials said.

The state government has locked down all of its mailrooms, according to a bulletin from the Maryland Department of Transportation.



edit on Thu, 06 Jan 2011 13:40:15 -0600 by JacKatMtn because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 01:46 PM
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Another conflicting account found here...


Packages explode in 2 state office buildings

...Rick Abbruzzese, a spokesman for Gov. Martin O’Malley, said cabinet secretaries have been instructed to shut down their mailroom operations and not deliver any mail until an investigation is concluded.

Although there was a reported injury in Annapolis, Abbruzzese said no one was hurt in either incident...



posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 02:03 PM
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More details found here:


voices.washingtonpost.com

Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley tells WBAL that the packages were about the size of a book. The mailroom at MDOT is near the office of Beverley Swaim-Staley, the secretary of transportation.

"Individuals had their fingers singed" but there has been no serious injuries or property damage, he said.



posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 02:16 PM
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Another ABC piece and now some hinting of the similarity to recent events in Europe:


Suspicious Devices Detonate at Maryland State Offices

...It is too early to tell who may have planted the devices, which detonated shortly before 1 p.m.

The devices are similar in both size and packaging that alarmed Europe in recent weeks. In Italy, where authorities found a string of such suspicious packages at embassies, anarchist groups claimed credit.

Packages were described as "bursting into flames" a federal source said, rather than an explosion. McDonough said it was a relatively small detonation that released a sulfuric odor...



posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 02:23 PM
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Not to sound too much like a conspiracy nut,

but could this be a distraction from all the bird and fish kills??

I'm just thinking it would've been a lot worse if it were terrorists.

I've heard nobody was seriously injured thankfully.



posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 02:26 PM
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At least there wasnt any chance of someone important being hurt.

The lives of government employees, whether state or federal, are meaningless.



posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 02:27 PM
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CNN finally has an article on it. www.cnn.com...

Seems only one person injured, from a sparkler.
Initially, there was a live video labeled "Maryland buildings rocked by explosions!" These were hardly explosions..

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posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 02:30 PM
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YOu knew it would only be a matter of time til a headline like this popped up..

TERRORIST ATTACK?! — Book-sized bombs explode in 2 state office buildings

Run for the Hills!!!



A press conference on the incident is about to happen.. so tune in to one of the news stations if you want to catch it..



posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 02:45 PM
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I hardly think explosion or bomb is the right words. According to all information even before the press conference it was described as an "incendiary package" where there was a flash and flame and an odor upon opening both people to open them packages reported their fingers being singed but refused medical attention and there was no property damage done so this seems either really small scale or as if it was just a warning or an easy way to crack down on security and come one step closer to martial law.
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posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 02:49 PM
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synopsis of the presser...

Md, State Police PIO Shipley said that their were two employees.. one at the State buidling, the other at MDOT who suffered singed fingers.... 6 folks from the MDOT were transported to the hospital as a precaution.

Both buildings were evacuated, the State building has been cleared and employees allowed to return as of 3PM local time. MDOT remains evacuated.

Packages book sized packages which flared up and smoked when opened, no explosion, but there was a smell, an odor of sulphur .

Investigations continue, it is believed that both were delivered through the USPS but that has not been confirmed yet. They did show a printed photo of the envelope, which appeared to be covered in holiday stamps.

When asked about a message associated with the packages, they said they couldn't talk about that..



Local, State and Fed agencies are involved in the investigation..


Another presser at the MDOT facility is about to happen..




edit on Thu, 06 Jan 2011 14:56:01 -0600 by JacKatMtn because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 03:15 PM
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A third suspicious package has been reportedly found in Maryland..


www.abc2news.com

BALTIMORE, Md. - The Postal Inspector's Office has just reported that a suspicious package has been found at a State Office building in Baltimore.

The package was found at 201 West Preston Street.


here's a small pic of the item shown at the earlier presser, this is not related to the above article.:





edit on Thu, 06 Jan 2011 15:16:37 -0600 by JacKatMtn because: clarity



posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 03:29 PM
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Here's an article the summarizes the events, though I haven't found any update of the suspected 3rd package..


baltimoresun.com

...Here's a statement from police:

Today at approximately 12:30 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. two incidents involving suspicious packages at Maryland government buildings prompted the evacuation of approximately 300 state employees. The Jeffrey Building, located on Francis Street in Annapolis, which houses state offices and staff including the mailroom for packages mailed to the Office of the Governor, received a package described as the size of a book addressed to Governor Martin O’Malley.

When the package was opened by a mailroom employee, it triggered a reaction involving smoke and a sulfur-like smell. The employee sustained minor stinging to his fingers, but refused further medical treatment. The employees of the building were immediately evacuated and reentered the building at approximately 2:30 p.m. after the building was declared safe. ...




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