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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 01/ 7/2011

O'Malley asks for 'continued vigilance' following ignition of incendiary devices

By John Wagner

Thumbnail image for O'Malley state mug.jpgIn an email to all Maryland state employees Friday, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) asks that they continue to report suspicious activity following the ignition of two small incendiary devices sent to state buildings the day before.

"I wanted take a moment to assure you -- our valuable state workforce -- that we are taking this matter seriously and we continue to take precautions to protect the public safety and our public employees," O'Malley said in the email, in which he recounted the incidents.

The packages, addressed to O'Malley and his secretary of transportation at separate locations, contained incendiary devices that flashed, smoked and produced an odor when they were opened, causing minor injuries to two employees and putting officials around the Washington region on alert.

"Fortunately, thanks in part to the vigilance of state employees and the response of public safety agencies, no serious injury occurred," O'Malley wrote. "We ask the continued vigilance of all state employees to report activity that appears suspicious or out of the ordinary by calling the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center at 1-800-492-TIPS."

The complete text of his email is below.


Dear State Employee,

Yesterday, two incidents at state government buildings disrupted the work day, and reminded us all that we are a community. I wanted take a moment to assure you - our valuable state workforce - that we are taking this matter seriously and we continue to take precautions to protect the public safety and our public employees.

Two separate packages arrived shortly after noon at both the Jeffrey Building in Annapolis and the Maryland Department of Transportation headquarters in Hanover, containing each a small incendiary device that ignited when opened. The packages, while addressed to myself and to MDOT Secretary Beverly Swaim-Staley, concerned all state employees as we quickly evacuated those buildings and suspended mail activity at all state agencies to determine the extent of the situation. Fortunately, thanks in part to the vigilance of state employees and the response of public safety agencies, no serious injury occurred.

Maryland State Police and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency have developed and distributed guidelines and protocols to resume mail activity at state buildings.

We will continue to take all appropriate and necessary precautions to ensure state employees are safe. In addition, the Maryland State Police continue to work with their partner public safety agencies to investigate the matter fully. We ask the continued vigilance of all state employees to report activity that appears suspicious or out of the ordinary by calling the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center at 1-800-492-TIPS.

Martin O'Malley
Governor

By John Wagner  | January 7, 2011; 10:56 AM ET
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Comments

Just like post-9/11, all the nervous nellies now will be continually pestering law-enforcement whenever they see, or think they see, a suspicious thingy.

Well, at least local TV stations will have more stuff to fill their daily news air time.

Posted by: kinkysr | January 7, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

erhlich

Posted by: MarilynManson | January 7, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

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