BOSTON (AP) A package exploded on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston late Tuesday, and the faculty said an employee member suffered minor injuries.
Authorities said another suspicious package was found near a prominent art museum and the FBI was assisting with the investigation.
The parcel that blew up was 1 of 2 which were reported to police early at night. Bostons bomb squad neutralized another package close to the citys Museum of Fine Arts, that is on the outskirts of the Northeastern campus.
NBC Boston reported that the package that exploded went off since it had been opened close to the universitys Holmes Hall, that is home to the universitys creative writing program and its own womens, gender and sexuality studies program. It said the FBI was assisting the investigation.
Authorities declined to elaborate, but Northeastern spokesperson Shannon Nargi said in a statement an unidentified university employee suffered minor injuries to his submit the explosion. Felipe Colon, a Boston police superintendent, later described the victim as a 45-year-old man.
Police converged on the campus shortly before 7: 30 p.m., and the university asked students who had gathered for an evening journalism class at the hall to evacuate the building.
Northeastern is really a private university in downtown Boston with about 16,000 undergraduate students. WCVB-TV said among its reporters, Mike Beaudet, was teaching a class there at that time. Beaudet told the station his class was moved outside but that neither he nor his students heard an explosion.
Michael Davis, chief of Northeasterns police, told reporters the campus was secure. Boston police didnt say whether any suspicious packages were found.
Were monitoring the problem at Northeastern and were prepared to use the university and our police partners on any prosecutions that could develop, Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said, promising a thorough investigation to find out just what occurred here.
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both on the far side of the Charles River separating Boston from Cambridge, said these were increasing patrols on the campuses as a precaution and urging students and faculty to report anything suspicious.
Tuesdays explosion marked among the first big scares in Boston since 2013, when two bombs planted close to the finish type of the Boston Marathon killed three spectators and wounded a lot more than 260 others.