Update: A hard plastic container that exploded at Northeastern University on Tuesday evening contained a note criticizing the relationship between universities and virtual reality developers—and that called out Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg specifically. That's according to CNN, which cites law enforcement sources. ABC News also describes "an anonymous note railing against virtual reality, among other things." The package was delivered to Holmes Hall, home to the university's virtual reality center—which "provides complimentary virtual and augmented reality experiences to Northeastern students," according to its website—and the man who opened it was a staffer there, CNN adds. Our original story from Tuesday follows:
A package exploded at Northeastern University on Tuesday, leaving a staff member with minor injuries. The professor was opening the package when it detonated on the Boston campus, CNN reports. The 45-year-old was treated for injuries to his hand. The investigation is ongoing, and authorities haven't said how the package arrived on campus. They also haven't speculated on a motive, but they say the campus is secure. The building the package had been delivered to, Holmes Hall, was evacuated and a bomb squad was on the scene. The FBI was also assisting local authorities with the investigation.
"I take very seriously that this city is home to everyone's young people. ... We want to make sure to emphasize that this is of the utmost priority, the safety and well-being of all our young people here," Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said. A second, similar package found at the same location was determined by the bomb squad to be safe, NBC Boston reports, and a report of another suspicious package near the city's Museum of Fine Arts was found to be unfounded. Evening classes in some Northeastern buildings were canceled, and people were being asked to avoid the area. Other nearby universities are monitoring their own campuses and have asked staff members to exercise vigilance, ABC 7 reports. (Read more Northeastern stories.)