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. Mookooman

    I seriously believe that I am now dumber after reading some of these comments.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |

    If only the decent public servants did not have to fear standing up pointing out the conspiratorsand yelling out "YES IT WAS AN INSIDE JOB!!!!"

    January 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kerstin

    It was a howler!

    January 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GJ

    I immediately assumed Washington state....because there was no reference of D.C......poor journalism when you are referring to such an important difference. The nation's capital...or a STATE on the other end of the country. Anyway....now to my comment on the story: What an idiot to think you were going to get away with a small battery and a match. The most damage you are going to do is cause a nuisance. Amateur....

    January 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      The headline reads "D.C. post office evacuated after envelope ignites, police say." Who's the genius now?

      January 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kill yourself..please and thank you!

    It amazes me how so many people have an opinion about the president as though it is going to change the fact that he is in office. No president is perfect and never will be. So if him being a human being and liking sports (like most americans), playing basketball (like most americans) and taking vacations (like every americans does because we all need a mental break) is a problem for you then move to another country. At the end of the day Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, the first bush, none of them were perfect. Obama picked up spill over from other presidents. So maybe all you Obama criticizers should stop complaining and be thankful you have a place to call home. Or you could just move to a third world country and see how much you enjoy that you stupid idiots. That is all!!

    January 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john

    Obama was on his way to the scene but stopped off at an ice cream shop first! Heh,heh!

    January 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brigitta Manetta

    Are the FBI, WdcPD, EMTs, CIA, BTFA, HS,& CNN on scene @ the PO?

    January 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. WinnipegRob

    You may be on to something Mookoo.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brigitta Manetta

    Did someone go postal?

    January 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. "Radar"

    Dum, stupid pranksters! Another fear,worry'based attempt for more emotions to cloud our thoughtds and be less free! Fear and worry kill your mind. That's the real battle ground. That's where freedom lies. This a specific attempt to cloud your mind

    January 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AnotherDayInParadise

    Another day another group of idiots making comments.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • fed 123

      Well, I noticed that anotherdayinparadise has entered the posting.and joined the group of idiots on here.

      January 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      and just bagged the first prize trophy and a free trip to paradise for being the most idiot of 'em all!

      January 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fed 123

    The headline said D.C. The caption under the picture said Washington, D.C. Poor reporting by CNN. They should have said Washington D.C. (not Washington state. That way the poor people of the Pacific Northwest wouldn't panic.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AnotherDayInParadise

    Get a life.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brigitta Manetta

    They are going 2 have 2 put GPS devices on envelopes AND snowplows now! Your tax dollars @ work.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sickofit

    I think some idiot wants to send a message that our security isn't as good as they say it is. There are way too many sick people these days.

    January 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
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