One person was injured in an explosion reported at Northeastern University in Boston, according to first responders. Boston EMS wrote on Twitter that the person on campus was injured.
The Boston Globe reported that the blast took place when a “suspicious package” “apparently exploded.” WHDH reported the victim was a 45-year-old man.
Officer Andre Watson, a department spokesman for the Boston Police Department, told The Globe they appeared to have minor injuries. The package detonated around 7:15 p.m., Watson told the newspaper.
The Boston Police Department’s bomb squad responded to the scene along with the Boston Fire Department, Watson told The Globe.
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7 News Boston reporter Steve Cooper wrote on Twitter that today, September 13, 2022, two suspicious packages exploded at Holmes Hall. He spoke to the FBI Boston, he wrote on Twitter. They told him it was too early to tell if the blasts were part of a terrorist attack.
“Breaking: FBI Boston tells me they are aware of 2 packages that exploded at Holmes Hall at Northeastern University tonight resulting in injury… FBI is currently coordinating with Boston Police Department… Sources agree.” early to say whether or not this is terrorism related,” Cooper wrote.
The news channel spoke to several students as they exited the building.
“All of a sudden, the fire alarm went off, which is pretty routine, so we didn’t think much about it, we went outside onto the sidewalk, and then all of a sudden we saw there was a lot more police and fire department presence than expected,” said Susanna Maize the news channel.
“The police present immediately put down caution tape and told everyone who was there to go back to the main street,” Ryan Di Corpo told WHDH. “And then one of the ladder trucks lifted a ladder onto the roof of the building, and a fireman with what I thought was an ax climbed onto the roof of the building.”
“We were in class and then we saw two police officers walking through the building and as soon as we looked out the window we saw a fire truck on fire with the lights on,” Jacob Isaacs told the station. “We heard it was a suspicious package and we left immediately and that was all we knew.”
The victim, according to WHDH, was a 45-year-old man who opened “some kind of box or briefcase” in the blast. The Boston Globe reported that the victim was an employee and that the package had been delivered to Holmes Hall.
“Active Incident: Multiple #BEMS units responded to Leon St. in Boston over reported explosion,” Boston EMS wrote on Twitter. “One patient was treated by a BLS ambulance and transported to a nearby hospital. No further information available at this time.”
The tweet was posted just before 8 p.m. “BLS” stands for “Basic Life Support” which is typically used to treat non-life threatening injuries.
Northeastern University Police Department campus police urged the public to avoid the area around Holmes Hall in a post on twitter.
Her post said rescue workers were responding to “an incident” at Holmes Hall.
A warning sent to students urged them to “please avoid the area during the investigation,” according to The Globe.
Holmes Hall is an academic building that houses academic departments such as earth and environmental sciences, communications and human services, Northeastern University wrote in a Four Square post. The Globe reported that the journalism department is one of the departments in the building.
The campus police sent another tweet Less than two hours after the blast, it was said that classes in the area had been canceled due to the “ongoing investigation”.
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