One person was taken to the hospital Tuesday night after a package delivered to a Northeastern University building exploded when it was opened, school officials confirmed.
The bomb squad also found a second package and brought it to safety, Boston police confirmed at a news conference Tuesday night.
Northeastern University said the package was delivered to Holmes Hall on Leon Street around 7 pm and detonated when a staff member opened it. That person, a 45-year-old man, suffered minor injuries to his hands and was taken to hospital.
The Boston Bomb Squad, Boston Police, Boston Fire, and Boston EMS responded, and the building was evacuated. Additionally, an FBI spokesperson says they are assisting the Boston Police Department in an investigation at Northeastern University.
When asked if there was a threat to the general public at Tuesday night’s news conference, police said the investigation is ongoing and updates will be provided at a later date. Northeastern University police stressed that the campus was secure while investigators worked.
“It is very important to keep in mind that our campus is safe and we will keep it safe in perpetuity,” said Northeastern University Police Chief Michael Davis.
The incident has put the community on alert. other universities have issued warnings for students to report anything suspicious.
“I take very seriously that this city is home to all young people … we want to make sure we emphasize that this is a top priority, the safety and well-being of all of our young people here,” said Boston Mayor Michelle Wu. . .
Boston police also responded to a report of another suspicious package on Huntington Avenue in the Museum of Fine Arts area. Police said it was determined to be unfounded.
Cambridge police were called to investigate a suspicious package in the 1100 block of Cambridge Street Tuesday night, but it was determined to be an empty, abandoned suitcase.
Officials encourage anyone who sees anything suspicious to call 9-1-1.
Authorities were investigating Tuesday night after a package delivered to the building exploded.
Jacob Isaacs said he was in class at Holmes Hall when they were evacuated.
“We were in class and then we saw two police officers walking through the building and then as soon as we look out the window we see a fire truck with its lights on, and then our teacher is like, ‘I have to see what’s going on.’ , and you see the fire truck going and there’s a police car outside and as that’s happening, instantly the fire alarm starts going off,” he said.
Isaacs added that they didn’t hear anything that sounded like an explosion before they saw first responders arrive.
Eliane Mejía, a student at the Universidad del Nordeste, was there when it all happened.
“There was a bomb that had just gone off and we stayed here to see what else was going on and then they started to evacuate that building. It’s obviously scary but I also want to know what’s going on so I’m staying,” he said. in Spanish.
Another student, Rafael Arias, was on the other side of the building at the time of the explosion.
“We just saw all the police cars coming and the sound was really scary, I am scared for my safety because there are a lot of rooms in this building here so it scares me a lot. I was here next door in another building until they sent us the alerts , we didn’t know what was happening,” he said in Spanish.
Northeastern’s night classes at Behrakis, Shillman, Ryder, Kariotis, Dockser and West F have been canceled.
The scene remains active and people are warned to avoid the area.
NBC10 Boston and NECN have a crew on stage and will provide updates as they enter the newsroom.