WAMU 88.5 : News

Packages Create Smoke, Odor In Md. Government Buildings

Play associated audio

In Maryland, state and federal officials are investigating two incendiary devices that sent off shots of flames and a scent of sulfur.

"When [the first two] packages were opened, there was a reaction -- a reaction that caused a brief flash of fire, smoke and a smell. This is not to be compared with a significant explosion that you think of when you say that word," says Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley.

The packages went off within 20 minutes of each other, beginning at 12:25 p.m.

One went off at Hanover, at the Maryland Department of Transportation, and the other in Annapolis at the Jeffrey Building just blocks from the Maryland State House –- that one was addressed to Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The packages were shaped like books, and they did not cause any serious injuries. There were complaints of singed fingers by the employees who opened them, but no one was sent to the hospital with actual injuries. A few people were sent just as a precaution.

Both buildings were evacuated: 250 people from Maryland's Department of Transportation, 50 people from the Jeffrey Building. People in the Jeffrey Building did return to work by 3 p.m. However, the Transportation Department headquarters remained empty at 4 p.m.

Maryland State Police, the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force continue to investigate.

A third package found in a state office building in Baltimore was also under suspicion but that investigation has since been closed.

This post has been updated.


View Suspicious Packages In Md. State Buildings in a larger map
WAMU 88.5

Is D.C. The Butt Of The Joke Or A Comedy Powerhouse?

Humor isn't often the subject of scientific inquiry, but the results of a new "humor algorithm" devised by the University of Colorado ranks D.C. among the funniest cities in the country.

NPR

Bake Bread Like A Pioneer In Appalachia ... With No Yeast

Bacteria can make a bread rise and give it a cheesy flavor. That's the secret ingredient in salt rising bread, which dates to the late 1700s in Appalachia, when bakers didn't have yeast on hand.
NPR

Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment

The president is on the first stop in an eight-day trip to Asia that also will see him visit Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea.
NPR

Weekly Innovation: An Inflatable Car Seat That Comes In A Backpack

Parents, you are going to want to read about this prototype from Volvo. It's fully inflatable and designed to make what's normally a clunky and heavy seat both lighter and more portable.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.