FBI investigating suspicious packages found at DC area military installations


The FBI is investigating several suspicious packages found at military installations and government facilities around the Washington, D.C., area, the agency confirmed Monday.

The FBI said each package was collected for further analysis, and at least one contained explosive material.

Officials at Fort Belvoir in suburban Virginia confirmed to ABC News Monday night that a suspicious package was found there that afternoon, but it’s now contained and rendered safe.

PHOTO: Theodore Roosevelt Hall, home of the National War College, at Ft. McNair in Washington, Sept. 9, 2008.J. Scott Applewhite/AP
Theodore Roosevelt Hall, home of the National War College, at Ft. McNair in Washington, Sept. 9, 2008.

Michael Howard, an Army spokesman, confirmed reports that one of the suspicious packages was sent to National Defense University at Fort McNair around 8:30 a.m.

That package contained explosive material, testing positive for black powder and residue. An X-ray indicated a suspected GPS and an expedient fuse attached. The package was eventually rendered safe and no injuries were reported.

The FBI, Secret Service, and hazardous material and explosive ordinance disposal units responded to the scene, Howard said. The FBI is the lead law enforcement agency investigating, he added.

Officials at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, in southeast Washington, which was reported to also have received a suspicious package Monday, would not confirm whether something was found.

A statement from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling said: “Please refer all questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We cannot confirm or deny there was a suspicious package on the installation.”

“We are tracking the delivery of suspicious packages to multiple military installations in the National Capital Region,” a Department of Defense spokesperson said in a statement. “This incident is currently under investigation and we refer all queries to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

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