One injured in a package explosion on a Boston campus
BOSTON – On Tuesday night, a package detonated on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston, and the university reported that a staff member sustained minor injuries.
The FBI is aiding with the investigation after another suspicious package was discovered near a famous art gallery, according to authorities.
The package that exploded was one of two reported to police in the early evening. The Boston bomb squad took out a second device near the Museum of Fine Arts and the Northeastern University campus.
According to NBC Boston, the box that detonated went off while it was being opened near Holmes Hall, which houses the university’s creative writing department and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. It was said that the FBI was aiding in the probe.
Shannon Nargi, a spokesman for Northeastern University, said in a statement that an anonymous university employee had minor hand injuries in the incident. The authorities refused to comment. A Boston police supervisor named Felipe Colon later said that the victim was a 45 years old man.
At about 7:30 p.m., police arrived on campus, and the university instructed students who had gathered in the hall for an evening journalism session to vacate the facility.
Northeastern is a private institution with around 16,000 undergraduate students located in downtown Boston. According to WCVB-TV, one of their reporters, Mike Beaudet, was teaching there at the time. Beaudet informed the station that his lesson was relocated outdoors, but he and his pupils did not hear an explosion.
Northeastern University’s police chief, Michael Davis, informed the media that the campus was safe. Boston police did not disclose if further suspicious packages were discovered.
“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, which are both across the Charles River from Boston and Cambridge, said they were increasing patrols as a safety measure and asking students and staff to let them know if they saw anything strange.
In 2013, two bombs placed near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three spectators and injured over 260 more.