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Jan072011

Packages Ignite at Government Mail Facility in Wash., D.C.

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Police responded Friday afternoon to reports of a suspicious package that ignited at a Washington, D.C., postal facility that handles U.S. government mail. The building was evacuated, but no injuries were immediately reported.

The incident comes just 24 hours after a pair of small packages burst into flames inside two government office buildings in Maryland on Thursday. At least five were treated for minor injuries.

The devices that caused Thursday's scare were described by authorities as close in size to a small padded envelope or book. One exploded at the Maryland Department of Transportation headquarters, the other at the Jeffrey Building in downtown Annapolis, which houses the Maryland secretary of state and the Maryland Office of Homeland Security. A federal probe was launched to determine who may have sent the devices.

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