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A federal postal facility in Northeast Washington has been evacuated after a package ignited inside Friday afternoon. V Street is closed between Bladensburg Road and South Dakota Avenue in Northeast as police investigate.

D.C. police spokesman Hugh Carew says this latest package at the facility in Northeast ignited about 2:45 p.m. He says there have not been reports of serious injuries.

A Postal Service spokeswoman says the package was discovered after another package was thrown on top of it.

D.C Police Chief Cathy Lanier says it appears to be very similar to two packages that ignited at Maryland state government buildings Thursday.

"The package had been described as popping, smoking and with a brief flash of fire and then it went out -- it extinguished itself," Lanier says.

The Maryland packages sinjed the fingers of government workers, but no one was seriously injured.They contained notes railing against highway signs urging motorists to report suspicious activity.

An official tells the Associated Press that the D.C. package was addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Police have not yet identified any suspects in the case.

Terrorism officials say that it looks like the act of one disgruntled individual, rather than a terrorism situation.

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