2 Packages Ignite In Maryland Government Buildings; 2 Hurt

(AP)

Two packages exploded in the mailrooms of state government buildings in the US state of Maryland, according to officials.

The first explosion was in the mailroom of the Department of Transport headquarters in Hanover, while the second occurred half an hour later in a building in Annapolis housing the Maryland state department.

The packages, which both emitted a small bang or flame, were likely sent through the mail, according to an official.

Maryland police said there was no serious injuries, but reports said at least one person was hurt.

State police spokesman Greg Shipley said mailrooms at state offices across Maryland were being quarantined until it could be determined if any other packages had been sent.

He said the packages were small, about the size of a book, adding: "In both instances when the small packages were opened, there was a dissemination of smoke and a smell, that's the best description we have right now."

Annapolis Fire Department's bomb squad said they were investigating.

A Maryland state official said on Thursday investigators had yet to identify a suspect or make any arrests.

The official said: "Explosion may be too strong of a word. The packages were smouldering. In one case there was a flare up."

Authorities evacuated about 125 people at the Jeffrey Building and some 250 people from the Department of Transportation building, the official added.
AP