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Northeastern University Package Had Anti-Virtual Note

Northeastern University Package Had Anti-Virtual Note
Northeastern University Package Had Anti-Virtual Note

The Northeastern University package that an employee said exploded in the virtual reality lab of the University, was not sent to the lab through the postal service, according to multiple sources, CNN reports.

According to the report, a source briefed on the investigation that Boston Police and FBI bomb technicians did not find any evidence of the presence of explosives or an initiation system capable of causing an explosion in the Northeastern University package.

Law enforcement sources say the employee told investigators that when he opened the case, it depressurized with the force of an explosion.

According to two law enforcement sources, the injured employee told police he found a note inside the container.

Multiple sources say the note, described by once source as “rambling,” railed against virtual reality, and Meta owner Mark Zuckerberg.

Authorities in Boston have launched an investigation after a package sent to Northeastern University exploded and injured a staff member Tuesday evening, officials said.

The report by CNN also reported that several federal law enforecement sources revealed that the Northeastern University package contained a rambling note that criticized Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the relationship between academic institutions and the developers of virtual reality.

The 45-year-old man who opened the package suffered minor hand injuries, according to university and law enforcement officials. Investigators have not said how the package arrived on the campus, stressing the investigation is ongoing.

The campus is expected to fully reopen Wednesday, the university said.

The package was sent to the university’s virtual reality center and was opened by someone who works there, the sources said.

The note was in a hard plastic container that detonated as the victim opened the latches and lifted the lid, the sources said.

While the employee was not seriously hurt, the explosion caused hand injuries including lacerations, the sources added.

The package was delivered to Holmes Hall, where the institution’s virtual reality center is located, university spokeperson Shannon Nargi told CNN .

Northeastern University Package Explosion Triggers Multi-Agency Response

Police were called to the scene around 7:18 p.m., Boston Police Superintendent Felipe Colon said during a news conference Tuesday night, the CNN reporte stated.

About a minute after the initial call, a Northeastern University police officer arrived at Homes Hall, said Michael Davis, chief of the university police department.

University police announced the scene was “contained” just before 10 p.m.

“It’s very important to note, our campus is secure,” Davis said during the news conference.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu praised law enforcement’s response.

“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 during the news conference.

The FBI Boston Division coordinated with the Boston Police Department, FBI spokesperson Kristen Setera told CNN.

The FBI offered the full resources of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, its evidence response team and special agent bomb technicians to assist in the investigation, said Jason Cromartie, assistant special agent in charge.

The university serves more than 16,000 undergraduate students, according to last year’s enrollment report.

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