(Boston, MA) —Late Tuesday, a package exploded on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston. The school said that a staff member was hurt only slightly.
Authorities said that they found another suspicious package near a well-known art museum, and the FBI was helping with the investigation.
Early in the evening, the police were told about two packages. One of them blew up. The Boston bomb squad took care of a second package near the Northeastern campus, near the city’s Museum of Fine Arts.
NBC Boston said that the package went off as it was being opened near the university’s Holmes Hall, which is where the creative writing program and the women’s, gender, and sexuality studies program are. It said that the FBI was helping with the probe.
Package explodes on Boston campus
Authorities wouldn’t say more, but a spokesperson for Northeastern, Shannon Nargi, said in a statement that an unnamed member of the university staff hurt his hand in the explosion. A Boston police superintendent named Felipe Colon said the victim was a 45-year-old man.
Just before 7:30 p.m., police arrived on campus, and the university told the students who were in the hall for an evening journalism class to leave the building.
Northeastern is a private university in downtown Boston that has about 16,000 undergraduate students. WCVB-TV said that one of their reporters, Mike Beaudet, was teaching a class at the time. Beaudet told the station that his style was moved outside, but neither he nor his students heard an explosion.
Michael Davis, who is in charge of the police force at Northeastern, told reporters that the campus was safe. Police in Boston did not say if they had found any other suspicious packages.
Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said, “We’re keeping an eye on the situation at Northeastern, and we’re ready to work with the university and our law enforcement partners on any prosecutions that may come up.” He also promised a “comprehensive investigation” to find out what happened.
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which are both on the other side of the Charles River from Boston and Cambridge, said they were increasing patrols on their campuses as a precaution and asking students and faculty to report anything that seemed strange.
The explosion on Tuesday was one of the biggest scares in Boston since 2013 when two bombs planted near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and hurt more than 260 others.
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