An explosion reported to Boston’s Northeastern University has injured one person, according to first responders. Boston EMS wrote on Twitter that the person had been injured on campus.
The Boston Globe reported that the explosion happened when a “suspicious package” “apparently exploded”. WHDH reported that the victim is a 45-year-old man.
Officer Andre Watson, a Boston Police Department spokesperson, told The Globe they appeared to have minor injuries. The package exploded around 7:15 p.m., Watson told the newspaper.
The Boston Police Department bomb squad arrived at the scene, along with the Boston Fire Department, Watson told The Globe.
Here’s what you need to know:
7 News Boston reporter Steve Cooper wrote on Twitter that today, September 13, 2022, two suspicious packages exploded in Holmes Hall. He spoke to the FBI Boston, he wrote on Twitter. They told him it was too early to say whether the explosions were part of a terrorist attack.
Breaking: FBI Boston tells me they are aware of 2 packages that exploded tonight in Holmes Hall at Northeastern University, resulting in one injury… FBI is currently working with Boston Police Department… Sources say too early to say whether this is related to terrorism or not,” Kuiper wrote.
The news station spoke to several students as they left the building.
“Suddenly the fire alarm started going off, which is quite routine, so we didn’t think much of it, came out onto the sidewalk, and then all of a sudden we saw that there were a lot more police and firefighters than we expected,” Susanna Maize said. to the news channel.
“The police present immediately put up police 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 to the roof of the building, and a firefighter with what I thought was an ax went on top of the building.”
“We were in class, and then we saw two police officers walking through the building and then as soon as we looked out the window, we saw a fire truck with the lights on, blazing,” Jacob Isaacs told the agency. “We heard it was a suspicious package and we left immediately and that was all we knew.”
The victim was a 45-year-old man who, according to WHDH, was opening “some sort of box or briefcase” when it exploded. 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 for a Reported Explosion,” Boston EMS wrote on Twitter. “One patient was treated and transported by BLS ambulance to a hospital in the region. No additional information is available at this time.”
The tweet was posted just before 8pm. ‘BLS’ stands for ‘basic life support’, which is typically used to treat non-life-threatening injuries.
Campus Police, Northeastern University Police Department, asked the public to avoid the area around Holmes Hall as soon as possible post on Twitter.
Their post said rescuers were responding to “an incident” at Holmes Hall.
A warning sent to students asked them to “avoid the area during the investigation,” according to The Globe.
Holmes Hall is an academic building housing academic departments, including Earth and Environmental Sciences, Communication Studies and Human Services, Northeastern University wrote in a post on Four Square. The Globe reported that the journalism department is one of the departments in the building.
Campus Police sent another tweet less than two hours after the explosion, classes in the area say were canceled due to the “ongoing investigation”.
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