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Boston and federal authorities are investigating whether a package that allegedly exploded at Northeastern University on Tuesday night could have been staged by the employee who opened it and was injured, a law enforcement source told Fox News.
There were no signs of an explosion at the scene or on the case the alleged device was being transported in, the source said.
Another source told The Associated Press that investigators identified inconsistencies in the employee’s statement and became skeptical because his injuries did not match injuries generally consistent with an explosion.
The North East staff member said on Tuesday evening that the hard plastic case had exploded at Holmes Hall, causing minor injuries, authorities said.
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Officials said the “Pelican-style” case contained a rambling memo that denounced virtual reality and also referenced Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The first law enforcement source told Fox News that the victim was seen on video walking with the pelican case the alleged device was carried in and is believed to have written the notes himself.
Holmes Hall is home to the university’s Immersive Media Labs, which its website says includes technology for designing, developing and exploring virtual worlds.
Fox News has contacted the FBI for more information on this case.
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Boston police told Fox News the case “remains an active and ongoing investigation, and we are unable to provide any further information beyond our press release issued last night.”
Northeastern said Wednesday the campus was “safe and secure.”
Classes, research and all other campus activities resumed on Wednesday. Counseling and other support services were made available to students, faculty and staff.
The package delivered to Holmes Hall exploded just after 7 p.m. Tuesday when a staff member opened it, the university said. The staff member, a 45-year-old man, was taken to hospital with minor hand injuries, police said. His identity has not been revealed.
Boston police bomb squad disabled a second package near the city’s Museum of Fine Arts, which is near the Northeastern campus.
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Northeastern is a private university in downtown Boston with approximately 16,000 undergraduate students.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.