On Tuesday night, a suspicious box that had been sent to Northeastern University exploded, causing one of the university’s employees to sustain injuries. A note that was critical of Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, was included in the box.
A parcel that was sent to Holmes Hall on Tuesday evening just after 7 o’clock went off when it was opened by a member of the staff, according to a statement released by Northeastern University. The staff member suffered “minor injuries” as a result of the explosion.
The member of staff was taken by ambulance to a nearby medical facility. The explosion prompted a reaction from a number of different authorities, including the Bomb Squad of the Boston Police Department, Boston Emergency Management Services, and other law enforcement organizations.
According to the university, the building was evacuated, and evening courses in the surrounding area were canceled.
“The safety and well-being of our community is always our most important priority,” the school’s statement said.
CNN was informed by individuals inside the federal law enforcement community that the box included a message that criticized Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as well as the nexus between academic institutions and virtual reality.
When the member of the university staff opened the delivery and raised the top, the rigid plastic container that was within the package caused an explosion.
“We’re monitoring the situation at Northeastern and we’re ready to work with the university and our law enforcement partners on any prosecutions that may develop,” Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said, according to The Associated Press.
Hayden also says that her promised to do “a comprehensive investigation to determine exactly what occurred here.”
At a news conference, Mayor Michelle Wu of Boston gave the public her assurance that the “utmost priority” is to ensure everyone’s safety.
“We want to make sure to emphasize that this is of the utmost priority, the safety and well-being of all our young people here,” Wu said.
A lawsuit that was brought earlier this year caused the Department of Justice (DOJ) to divulge emails that exposed that the Biden administration worked with social media corporations, including Facebook, to censor Americans. This assertion was made by two state attorneys general earlier this month.
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