A university employee was injured after a package containing a manifesto against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg exploded at a private college in Boston.
A 45-year-old man who worked at Northeastern University was injured Tuesday night when a package detonated as he was opening it, Boston police said. He was treated and suffered “minor injuries” to his hands, the university confirmed.
The package was delivered to Holmes Hall and opened around 7:00 p.m. Holmes Hall is home to the college’s creative writing program and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies program.
The package was reportedly in a “pelican case,” sources told CBS Boston. It featured a manifesto against virtual reality and CEO Meta Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg attended college and initially built his company at nearby Harvard University.
The building was evacuated after the explosion and all classes at the college were canceled, the university said.
Police also investigated a second suspicious package placed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, near Northeastern’s campus.
Police responded within a minute of the initial 911 call after the bomb went off, Northeastern University Police Chief Michael Davis said.
“It is very important to note that our campus is safe and we will maintain a safe campus in perpetuity,” Davis said.
The university also announced it would reopen for classes Wednesday morning with increased patrols and security.
Across the Charles River in Cambridge, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also announced they would increase their police presence following the explosion.
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) are assisting local police in investigating the packages.
Mayor Michelle Wu thanked first responders and called the response “quick, coordinated and effective.”
“I take very seriously that this city is home to all of our young people – from our youngest students to our university students and staff,” said Wu.
“We want to make sure to emphasize that this is of the highest priority – the safety of our young people here.”
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