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Joint Task Force Heads Fiery Packages Investigation

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An FBI task force has taken over the investigation of fiery packages sent to federal and Maryland government officials. Rich Wolf, a spokesman for the FBI in Baltimore, says the Maryland Joint Terrorism Task Force is now leading the investigation.

The task force includes federal, state and local law enforcement officers. The packages were addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and state Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley.

The packages sent to the Maryland officials emitted a puff of smoke and a small flame when they were opened. They included notes complaining about the state's terrorism tip line. The package addressed to Napolitano started popping and smoking while at a mail processing center in Washington.


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