The hard plastic case that exploded on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston, injuring a staff member, contained a rambling note denouncing virtual reality and referring to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. were included, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
Investigators are trying to determine the motive behind Tuesday night’s explosion and are working to understand why the package was specifically sent to Northeastern.
Investigators are also trying to determine the device’s specific mechanism and whether the package contained gunpowder, the official added. told the Associated Press on condition that
Officials described the incident as a “Pelican-type” incident. Pelican manufactures hard cases designed to protect your sensitive equipment.
A spokesperson for the FBI office in Boston declined to comment on Wednesday, saying the investigation “remains very active and fluid.”
Northeastern University said in a message posted on its website Wednesday that its campus is safe.
“Events like the incident that took place on our Boston campus last night can cause or heighten anxiety for many of us,” the post, credited to Chancellors David Madigan and Chancellor Kenneth Henderson. said. OUR COMMUNITY LAST NIGHT: Multiple law enforcement agencies have determined that the campus is safe and secure. ”
Campus opened as usual on Wednesday for classes and other activities.
Students, faculty and staff now have access to counseling and other support services.
A package delivered to Holmes Hall exploded when staff opened it shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to a university statement. The employee, a 45-year-old man, was taken to hospital with minor injuries to his hands, police said. His name was not made public.
A bomb squad in Boston neutralized a second package near the City Museum of Art near the campus of Northeastern University.
Holmes Hall is home to the university’s Creative Writing Program and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.
Northeastern is a private university in downtown Boston with approximately 16,000 undergraduate students.
Tuesday’s explosion was one of Boston’s first major horrors since two bombs planted near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon killed three spectators and injured more than 260 others. rice field.
Alanna Durkin Richer and Mark Pratt, writers for AP in Boston, contributed to this report.
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