Shortly after 2 pm this afternoon, the Metropolitan Police Department responded to a package located at a United States Postal Service facility on V Street, NE. Details of the incident were similar in characteristics to the incidents at Maryland state government facilities where workers opened two flaring packages yesterday.
According to police sources in the DC incident, the suspicious package was not opened. However, it ignited and caught a fire, which quickly put itself out. No injuries were sustained; however, out of an abundance of caution the facility was evacuated.
Mayor Vincent Gray, who was at the site of the postal facility in NE, stated that “Whoever committed this cowardly, dastardly act must be brought to justice quickly.”
Gray commended the postal workers for their bravery for discovering the suspicious package and for acting quickly. He also expressed gratitude to the law enforcement units for their professional operation and collaboration.
Soon after the package was discovered, mailrooms across the DC government were shut down and a full sweep was conducted in all government facilities. A notice to District workers was distributed and it stated:
“Due to recent events involving suspicious packages found in both Maryland and in the District of Columbia, the Protective Services Police Department asks that you report all suspicious packages or suspicious activity to one of the below listed numbers immediately:
- Protective Services Police Department at (202) 727-8031
- Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or
- Email SAR@DC.GOV to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.
- Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.”