Fiery Maryland packages explode at Md. government buildings

Two packages about the size of small books ignited and released a sulfur-like smell when they were opened Thursday at Maryland state government buildings 20 miles apart, slightly burning the fingers of two employees.

One of the parcels was addressed to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who said the mailing meant for him complained about highway signs that urge motorists to report suspicious activity.

“Somebody doesn’t like seeing that sign,” the Democrat said.

The fiery devices caused the evacuation of mailrooms at government offices across Maryland. Two other suspicious packages were discovered elsewhere, though one was found to be a toner cartridge, the other laptop batteries.

An official told NBC News that the two packages that ignited contained a message from a disgruntled state employee protesting the state’s road signs that urge people to report suspicious activity, stating “you have created a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Thanks to msnbc

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