Eleven sick after envelope opened at US military base
An envelope containing an ‘unknown substance’ was opened at a US base near Washington on 27 February, leaving 11 people sick, including military personnel, officials said.
The envelope was received at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, leading to an evacuation of the building, the US Marine Corps said in a statement.
The statement read: ‘Base officials are coordinating with local HAZMAT teams and FBI. Several Marines are receiving medical care as a result of this incident. No additional details are available at this time as the investigation is ongoing.’
The Arlington Fire Department tweeted that ‘11 people started feeling ill after letter was opened in consolidated admin building'.
CNN reported that a corporal, gunnery sergeant and a colonel complained of a ‘burning sensation’ on their hands and face.
Marine spokesman Major Brian Block said it was too soon to say whether the incident was being considered a terror attack.
Block told AFP: ‘It's way too early to start speculating on any of that, we have to wait and let the investigators do their jobs.’
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall overlooks Arlington Cemetery just across the Potomac River from Washington.
China has announced it is building the world's fastest wind tunnel to develop a new generation of super-fast airplanes, but it could also be used ...
A British military jet used in the Red Arrows aerobatic display team crashed on Tuesday at a base in Wales, the Ministry of Defence said. ...
President Vladimir Putin has said on that Russia would cut its military spending, a day after he won a presidential election with a landslide. 'We ...
China on 19 March elevated the status of its current foreign minister and selected a new defence minister as the country deals with rocky relations ...
China’s Foreign Ministry expressed displeasure over US President Donald Trump’s signing of the Taiwan Travel Act (HR 535) on 16 March. The legislation, though non-binding, ...
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on 16 March that the alliance did not want a return to Cold War hostilities with Russia while expressing ...