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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.
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
So far no one has been hurt.. thank goodness..
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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.
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.
Originally posted by CanadianDream420
Chances are, it was a disgruntled ex employee.
...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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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 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. ...