A package addressed to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano exploded on Friday at a postal facility in Washington, D.C. but was quickly extinguished and no one was injured, authorities said.
The package looked “similar” to the book-sized envelopes that detonated in Maryland on Thursday. A postal worker was tossing mail into a bin when the package was discovered “popping, smoking and with a brief flash of fire,” Cathy Lanier, chief of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, said during a news conference.
The Metropolitan Police Department received a call at 2:45 p.m. that a package had ignited in the 3300 block of V St. southeast, public information officer Lt. Nicholas Bruel told ABC News.
She described the device as “similar in nature to the packages found yesterday.”
No injuries were reported and the building was evacuated as a precautionary measure.
On Thursday, a pair of incendiary devices in small packages, including one addressed to the governor of Maryland, erupted within hours of each other inside two government office buildings in Maryland.
The detonations injured two people but there were no major injuries.