D.C. post office evacuated after envelope ignites, police say
Police respond to a post office in Washington D.C. after an envelope ignited Friday.
January 7th, 2011
04:56 PM ET

D.C. post office evacuated after envelope ignites, police say

[Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET] An envelope that ignited at a Washington postal facility was addressed to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, CNN confirms.

The building at 3300 V Street NE has been evacuated. 

The envelope that ignited was not opened and did not go off in an employee's hands, a law enforcement source said. The person tossed it into a sorting bin and then smelled smoke. A source on the scene said that all the employees had been accounted for.

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official said there are "similar characteristics" but no proven connection to incidents Thursday of mailed devices igniting in two Maryland state offices.

[Posted at 3:48 p.m. ET] Metropolitan police are on scene at a northeastern Washington postal facility where at least one envelope has ignited, police spokeswoman Officer Tish Gant said.

The building has been evacuated, she said.

CNN affiliate WJLA-TV reported there were no injuries.

The incident comes a day after packages that police say each contained a small battery and electric match ignited in two Maryland state offices.

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  1. Mmmmm

    Sounds like a phobia to fire, to me! It may even be a good plot for a b-horror movie! People stumbling, screaming, and stampeding to the nearest exit behind...what...a burning envelope. This is more halarious than the old horror movie about tomatoes!

    January 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. marconi darwin

    Tea baggin's militia

    January 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    @banasy...no, the vast majority of US cannot trace our family line "all the way back" to an WW2 war profiteer Nazi accomplice, nor can 99.99% of US trace our ancestry to African Arabian slave masters. Let's get that straight. (frown)

    January 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Sorry for frowning at you banasy. Please forgive me. It's been a bad hair day. I've been short w/people and am sorry. (sideways smile and deep breath)

    January 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. net

    @ huhreally obama have did exactly what he said he woulld. and what he could not do those sorry replubicans blocked him. he did far better than bush in 8 year with his 2 years. the only thing bush did for you was got you foreclosed on your homes and lead our children off to die over a lie.far worst than obama!!!

    January 7, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WILLARD BULLOCK

    I saying mocking out of presdient obama that if guntonoma will close so pison gustomona will move to prison at untied state amercian but untied state amercian plot terroist will be warning to presdient obama

    January 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ed Bailey

    I love the police response, thousands or tens of thousands per hour over a two dollar prank. Sure beats UTARD,oops,utah where we can't get the police to respond to real crimes,unless you belong or are rich.CULTLAND usa!

    January 8, 2011 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. myklds

    Ey Ed, you must be from Arkansas..hold your breath, it causes birds to fall from the sky dead.

    January 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
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