Packages 'Flare Up' at Md. Government Buildings

State and federal officials were investigating small incendiary devices that "flared up" at two government buildings on Thursday.


"We had an opportunity to check with our mail room staff and to ask if there were any unusual, out-of-the-ordinary packages that might have aroused their attention, and in fact there was one," said Deputy Health Secretary Fran Phillips.

Phillips told 11 News that the mail room staff was asked to leave so authorities could do an assessment of the package. She said no devices had gone off, and they were just using "an abundance of caution" to make sure what's there isn't harmful.

Employees told 11 News that they were evacuated shortly before 4 p.m. Miller reported that bomb squads and K-9 units were also called.

The state fire marshal said so far, there's no indication that the case in Baltimore is connected to the packages in Anne Arundel County.

A section of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard westbound was closed where it meets Howard Street shortly before 4 p.m. because of the ongoing investigation.

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