Explosives Sent to Military Bases in Washington DC Area- Suspect Arrested

By Faye Higbee

Packages containing explosives were sent to at least 4 military bases — Fort McNair in Washington DC, Fort Belvoir in Fairfax, Va. and the Dahlgren Naval Surface Warfare Center, as well as the White House and CIA mail facilities located at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. Tuesday morning, officials made an arrest in Seattle, but the suspect’s name was not released. All of the packages were detected before anyone opened them.

Officials are concerned that more packages might be out there. The person arrested is known to law enforcement. According to Fox5DC, some of the packages contained black powder and a fuse, as well as “rambling, nonsensical notes the man was known to send in the past.”

Blue Lives Matter reported,

The first package was found at about 8:30 a.m. at the National Defense University on Ft. McNair in Washington, DC, and the building was evacuated, according to WRC-TV.

That package tested positive for black powder, and then an X-ray showed what appeared to be GPS and a fuse, according to law enforcement.

A bomb disposal unit rendered the package safe at about 1:15 p.m., and its components were taken for investigation, WRC reported.

“At 12:10 p.m., 52nd Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal from Fort Belvoir, VA, confirmed the package tested positive for black powder and residue,” Army spokesman Michael L. Howard said in a statement. “The X-ray conducted indicates suspected GPS and an expedient fuse were attached. The package was rendered safe. No injuries are reported.”

The package sent to Fort Belvoir in Virginia was different- it contained a vile of liquid and a circuit board. The bomb squad rendered it safe. Officials did not say whether any of the items in the packages were “operational.”