Package Ignites at DC Postal Facility

It's similar to yesterday's devices in Maryland
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 7, 2011 3:22 PM CST
This image provided by the Office of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley shows the envelope, sealed in plastic, that was mailed to O'Malley.   (AP Photo/Office of Gov. Martin O'Malley)
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(Newser) – Police say a package ignited at a DC postal facility today, a day after two fiery packages were opened in Maryland. No injuries have been reported in Washington. The DC package is similar to the Maryland parcels, which contained a message complaining about electronic highway road signs that asked motorists to report suspicious activity. It was addressed to Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano, CNN reported.

The Maryland devices—one found at a state office in Hanover, another in Annapolis—were addressed to the governor and the state's transportation chief. They were the size of small books and released a sulfur-like smell when opened, slightly burning the fingers of two employees. A note inside them read: "Report suspicious activity! Total Bullshit! You have created a self fulfilling prophecy."

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