BOSTON (AP) — A package exploded on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston late Tuesday, and the college said a staff member suffered minor injuries.
Another suspicious package was found near a major art museum and the FBI was assisting with the investigation, officials said.
The parcel in which the blast took place was one of two that were reported to the police in the evening. Boston’s bomb squad neutralized a second package near the city’s Museum of Fine Arts, which is on the outskirts of the Northeast campus.
NBC Boston reported that the package that exploded was being opened near the university’s Holmes Hall, which is home to the university’s creative writing program and its women’s, gender and sexuality studies program. It said the FBI was assisting with the investigation.
Officials declined to give details, but Northeast spokeswoman Shannon Nargi said in a statement that an unidentified university staff member suffered minor injuries to the arm in the blast.
Police gathered on campus before 7:30 p.m., and the university asked students who had gathered in the hall for an evening journalism class to vacate the building.
There is a private university in the city of Northeast Boston. WCVB said one of its reporter Mike Budett was teaching a class there at the time. Baudet told the station that her class had been taken outside, but neither she nor her students heard the explosion.
The chief of the Northeast Police Force, Michael Davis, told reporters the campus was secure. Boston police did not say whether any other suspicious packages were found.
“We are monitoring the situation in the Northeast and we stand ready to work with the university and our law enforcement partners on any lawsuits,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden. Here.”
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both on the other side of the Charles River, separating Boston from Cambridge, said they were increasing patrols on their campuses as a precaution and urged students and teachers to report anything suspicious. Was doing.
Tuesday’s explosion marked one of the first major scares in Boston since 2013, when two bombs were planted near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators and injuring more than 260 people. Were.