A package detonated on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston on Tuesday evening, and the college confirmed that a staff member suffered minor injuries.
NBC Boston reported that the injured employee, a 45-year-old man, was taken to the hospital for injuries to his hands.
“One person was taken to the hospital on Tuesday after a package delivered to a building at Northeastern University exploded when it was opened, officials confirmed. A 45-year-old man suffered minor hand injuries & was taken to the hospital.”
NBC Boston reported that the package detonated as it was being opened near the university’s Holmes Hall, where the university’s creative writing program is taught. The university have confirmed that they are assisting the FBI.
The Boston University Police Department took to Twitter to confirm the incident and also requested assistance from the public should they know anything.
“Please be advised that there was a package explosion at Northeastern University at approximately 7:15PM. We are urging all members of the community to be cautious. Please report any suspicious packages by calling 617-353-2121.”
Authorities have said that, due to several inconsistencies in the case, they will be investigating the explosion as as a possible hoax, the East Bay Times reports.
Investigators say that the employee who was hurt in the explosion had injured his hand. However, an anonymous official told the Associated Press that the injuries didn’t match those caused by explosions.
Michael Davis, who is chief of Northeastern’s police force, informed the press that the campus was secure. Boston police didn’t confirm whether any other suspicious packages were located.
“We’re monitoring the situation at Northeastern and we’re ready to work with the university and our law enforcement partners on any prosecutions that may develop,” Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said, promising “a comprehensive investigation to determine exactly what occurred here.”
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both confirmed that they have arranged for increased patrols on their campuses as a precaution and are urging students and staff to report anything suspicious.
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