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Posted at 6:13 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Smoking packages close Maryland offices

By Washington Post editors

UPDATE:

Gov. Martin O'Malley called the mailing of incendiary devices to Maryland state office buildings "a reflection of the times we're living in."

"Fortunately, no one was hurt, and these were not devices of the sort that could hurt, but it underscores how vigilant we need to be," O'Malley (D) said in a brief interview with The Post as he arrived in Cambridge, Md., for a dinner with county leaders from across the state.

Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said packages were sent to the Jeffrey Building in Annapolis and the Maryland Department of Transportation headquarters in Hanover. An employee in the mail room of the Jeffrey building opened a book size package about 12:30 p.m. The employee reported smoke and an unusual smell coming from the package.

At about the same time a similar package was being opened at the Maryland Department of Transportation headquarters in Hanover.

O'Malley said he thought authorities responded "appropriately" to the scare.

"We didn't know what we were dealing with at the time," O'Malley said, adding that there was some speculation that the smaller devices could have been followed by the arrival of larger devices later.

O'Malley said he was in a meeting at the State House when he first learned about the devices.

O'Malley said he had spoken to "Hank," who opened the device at the Jeffrey building.

"Hank was in good spirits," O'Malley said.

-- John Wagner


4:49 p.m.
A suspicious package has been found at a State Office building in Baltimore but it is not clear if the package is connected to two others discovered in state office buildings in Annapolis and Hanover, officials said.

Maryland State police spokesman Greg Shipley said an employee in the mail room of the Jeffrey building on Francis Street in Annapolis opened a package about 12:30 p.m. The employee reported smoke and an unusual smell coming from the book size package.

That employee also reported singeing their fingers from the package, Shipley said.

Reporters Ovetta Wiggins and Hamil R. Harris tells us that at about the same time a similar package was being opened at the Maryland Department of Transportation headquarters in Hanover.

William E. Barnard, the Maryland State Fire Marshall, said his office received a call around 12:45 p.m. that a person at the MDOT "opened a packaged that produced a puff of smoke."


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Barnard said bomb technicians determined that the package, which was the size of a book, contained an incendiary-type device that produced a sulfur smell.

"It would be wrong to characterize it as a bomb," he said. "There was no explosion."

Barnard said the device was similar in nature to the package sent to the Jeffrey building in Annapolis about the same time.

"We have collected a significant amount of physical evidence and believe me we are going to get to the bottom of this," Barnard said.

Barnard said the State Marshall is working with the FBI, the US Postal Service and the ATF.

"We are going to make sure this is a thorough investigation and make sure we get to the bottom of where these packages came from," he said.

The person that opened the package went to the hospital for a check-up. There were seven others evaluated at the scene by emergency personnel. Three were transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

"There are no physical injuries," Barnard said.

Barnard said the package was delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.

The package was 10 to 12 inches long, 4 to 8 inches wide and 1 inch thick. He compared it to the size of a book.

Barnard said he is unaware of any threats made to state officials or employees.

Barnard would not provide specific information about the device, including whether there was a return address.

"That gets into information about the investigation," he said.

3:52 p.m.
The FBI is assisting in the investigation into incendiary devices that went off Thursday afternoon in two Maryland state office building, according to reporter Spencer Hsu.

Maryland State police spokesman Greg Shipley said two packages were mailed, one addressed to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) in Annapolis and the second to the Maryland State Department of Transportation in Hanover.

Shipley said an employee in the mail room of the Jeffrey building on Francis Street in Annapolis opened a package about 12:30 p.m. The employee reported smoke and an unusual smell coming from the book size package.

That employee reported singed fingers from the package, Shipley said.

At the same time, a similar package was discovered at the Maryland State Department of Transportation headquarters in Hanover. Some people there also reported singed fingers. One person was transported to a hospital as a precaution, but no serious injuries reported.

Officials said the incendiary devices should not be compared with a serious explosion. No explosive materials have been found at this point.

About a dozen emergency vehicles, including ambulances and fire trucks, were parked outside the four-story Department of Transportation Headquarters in Hanover about 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to reporter Ovetta Wiggins.

All 250 employees who work in the building were immediately evacuated after the incident, according to a spokesman. The incident, which occurred on the fourth floor, did not happen in the mailroom.

IMG00053.jpgMaryland Department of Transportation headquarters. (Ovetta Wiggins/The Post)

3:34 p.m.
All District agency mail rooms were told Thursday to halt delivery of mail after incendiary devices went off in two Maryland state office buildings.

The decision to stop delivery was done as a precaution and not in response to any threat, according to reporter Nikita Stewart.

An alert has been issued to Maryland state offices Thursday after incendiary devices went off in two buildings in Anne Arundel County.

Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said that about 12:30 p.m. an employee in the mail room of the Jeffrey building on Francis Street in Annapolis opened a package. Smoke came out of the book-size package and the employee reported an unusual smell.

That employee reported singed fingers from the package, Shipley said.

At the same time, a similar package was discovered at the Maryland State Department of Transportation headquarters in Hanover. Some people there also reported singed fingers. One person was transported to a hospital as a precaution, but no serious injuries reported.

About a dozen emergency vehicles, including ambulances and fire trucks, were parked outside the four-story Department of Transportation Headquarters in Hanover about 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to reporter Ovetta Wiggins.

All 250 employees who work in the building were immediately evacuated after the incident, according to a spokesman. The incident, which occurred on the fourth floor, did not happen in the mailroom.

IMG00053.jpgMaryland Department of Transportation headquarters. (Ovetta Wiggins/The Post)

Construction cones were used to block off one roadway leading to the headquarters, which is near the BWI rental car facility and the BWI/MARC station.

Maryland state officials are scheduled hold a news conference on the incidents shortly. Stay with PostLocal.com for more details.

3:19 p.m.
State employees are being allowed back into the Jeffrey building, according to reporter John Wagner. State Police are expected to provide an update on the incident shortly.

Stay with PostLocal.com for more details.

2:48 p.m.
An alert has been issued to Maryland state offices Thursday after incendiary devices went off in two buildings in Anne Arundel County.

Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said that about 12:30 p.m. an employee in the mail room of the Jeffrey building on Francis Street in Annapolis opened a package. Smoke came out of the book-sized package and the employee reported an unusual smell.

That employee reported singed fingers from the package, Shipley said.

At the same time, a similar package was discovered at the Maryland State Department of Transportation headquarters in Hanover. Some people there also reported singed fingers. One person was transported to a hospital as a precaution, but no serious injuries reported.

Megan Moore, a local business owner on Francis Street in Annapolis told reporter Ashley Halsey that she was sitting at work and a crowd of people emerged saying they smelled smoke in the Jeffrey building.

"The fire trucks came, then the bomb squad," Moore said. "Apparently there was a suspicious package that had been detonated. The ambulance arrived and the street had been blocked off ever since. One officer told me that one person received injuries."


WBAL-TV in Baltimore is reporting that a possible incendiary device went off at the Maryland Department of Transportation's Headquarters in Hanover.

According to WBAL Sky Team 11 Capt. Roy Taylor who is flying over MDOT bomb dogs are sniffing cars; people on fourth floor are being held for observation; others are being told they can go home; buses are being brought from BWI to give people a place to stay warm.

Individuals had their fingers singed, and one person was transported for treatment, according to Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley.

An alert has been issued to all state offices.

A law enforcement official outside a state building in Annapolis said an incendiary device also went off at the Jeffrey building across the street from the State House. What took place "wasn't an explosion. It was a flash," the officials told reporter John Wagner.

2:21 p.m.
The city manager for Annapolis says there was some sort of explosion Thursday in the Jeffrey building and one person was injured.

But one law enforcement official outside the building said what took place "wasn't an explosion. It was a flash," according to reporter John Wagner.

A mailroom employee suffered what was described as a minor injury.

The State Police is leading the investigation. The City of Annapolis bomb squad has also been on the scene, as has the State Fire Marshal and several state troopers.

St. Francis Street, which runs off State Circle, is shut down, but most surrounding businesses were never evacuated.

A second state building, the Maryland Department of Transportation also was closed because of a suspicious package, according to
The Capital of Annapolis.

Stay with PostLocal.com for more details.


Suspicious package closes Md. buildings
2 p.m.
The Jeffrey Building on Francis Street in downtown Annapolis was evacuated because of a suspicious package, according to Maryland State House reporter John Wagner.

State police officials are on the scene, as well as officials from a bomb squad.
jeffreybldg.jpg

No other buildings in the area have been evacuated.

The Capital in Annapolis reports that another suspicious package was found at the Maryland Department of Transportation building in Hanover. That building is also closed.

Stay with PostLocal.com for more details.

By Washington Post editors  | January 6, 2011; 6:13 PM ET
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Comments

WTOP is reporting the both packages have exploded in Annapolis.

Posted by: chrisjonesva | January 6, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Amazing they evacuate buildings for suspicious packages, but when a 66 year old man stumbles around disoriented no one does a thing. Then he's found in a landfill the next day and people say there wasn't anything anyone could do.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 6, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Hmm... nothing in today's Slate about this being a Christmas ornament. Strange.

Posted by: Ralphinjersey | January 6, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Two at once means a terrorist cell, not just a lone jihadist like the one who shot all those people at Ft. Hood.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 6, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

No doubt, teabaggers on the loose.

Time to round up all of them and send them ALL to Guantanamo.

Then lets start the waterboarding.

It's legal, you know, at least according to Bush and Cheney. LOL

Posted by: B-rod | January 6, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

"Okay, okay my friends. Back to work. Just practice for the bigger ones."

-- Osama bin Laden

Posted by: snalg1 | January 6, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Ok folks, We have breaking news now! Is anyone suspicious that this is the Governor's Homeland Security Office? Hmmm. Homeland Security! And now the Feds are involved? Looks like Big Sis is looking to lock down the whole country now. What do you think? WAKE UP AMERICA!

Posted by: barrysal | January 6, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

CIA Agent in charge of monthly meeting: The big bosses are upset that people arent scared enough, We've got to create more fear out there people, any ideas?"
Agent #1 "Anthrax?"
AIC "Nope we already did that. Anything else?"
Agent #1 "packagebomb?"
AIC: "Jeeze don't you have any new ideas? Well fine, just make it two package bombs so people think it's a cell. And find us a scapegoat, some muslim or wannabe disaffected type. Okay get out there and install some fear in the masses, we need to get martial law done this year.

Posted by: Chrism1 | January 6, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Brod - It was more likely some of your leftist anarchist buddies!

Posted by: madmike272 | January 6, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Chrism1 | January 6, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

In case anyone doesn't understand what's going on, these are more false flag attacks to spread FUD and usher in the police state.

wake up people.

Posted by: Chrism1 | January 6, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

The governor and the DOT? My money's on a schizophrenic with a paranoid fixation.

Posted by: Elspet | January 6, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Spelling errors continue to plague the Post.

"That employee also reported singing their fingers from the package, Shipley said." 4:49pm UPDATE


I believe it is "singeing" rather than "singing" fingers. Earlier reports avoided the error by using "singed fingers".

Posted by: cac_annandale | January 6, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

No doubt, teabaggers on the loose.

Time to round up all of them and send them ALL to Guantanamo.

Then lets start the waterboarding.

It's legal, you know, at least according to Bush and Cheney. LOL

Posted by: B-rod | January 6, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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Not only that, but we can also now legally wiretap their communications and make sure that we got them all.

Posted by: taroya | January 6, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Such a big amount of text for a little bitty incident.

The more attention these sociopaths get, the more they'll continue doing what they do.

Posted by: veerle1 | January 6, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Come on now, "Fire Marshal" has only one letter ell.

Posted by: SoloOwl | January 6, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

This has tea-bagger anti-government lunacy written all over it.

Posted by: Observer001 | January 6, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

This has tea-bagger anti-government lunacy written all over it.

Posted by: Observer001 | January 6, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Any one know where Bill Ayers has been lately...

Posted by: independent31 | January 6, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if these government buildings are making people go thru security or not (like they do at the A.A.Co./Md. courthouses), but if they are they should put all incoming mail, packages, supplies, etc. thru the same security checkpoints as they do people & not wait til somebody ends up in the hospital or the morgue!

Posted by: gailschumacher | January 6, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I find it totally hilarious that democrats are so quick the pin the blame on a group they know absolutely nothing about.

It just proves the average IQ of a democrat is something below that of a pet rock.

Posted by: LoveThoseNats | January 6, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

looks like homeland security or maybe CIA or maybe FBI have been busy making sure we are all afraid..again..so they can pass more laws taking away more of our freedoms in the name of SECURITY

Posted by: rhall528 | January 6, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

The TSA and Homeland Security planted it to justify there job

Posted by: MilfordD | January 6, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

The TSA and Homeland Security planted it to justify their job

Posted by: MilfordD | January 6, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Interesting but more importantly Leading Conservatives including Rudy Giuliani and former Bush officials Michael Mukasey, Tom Ridge, and Fran Townsend have been seen consorting with MEK the Terrorist that is listed in the US terrorist watch lists
http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/rpt/fto/2801.htm

It was a prime player in pushing the Shah out of Iran because of percieved US influence.

And it now turns out has been linked to Al Qaeda, the Taliban and Bin Laden and who's cell members have been involved in killing US Troops and that has been bombing and shooting people at non Wahhabi religeous buildings including churches in Pakistan and Egypt.

Why are these members of the GOP not on their way to GITMO?

What has John Boehner got to say about this?

Posted by: walker1 | January 6, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Check to see if anyone has petitioned the Governor's Office recently, seeking assistance in getting his driving privileges restored!

Posted by: pdabber57 | January 7, 2011 2:58 AM | Report abuse

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