BOSTON (AP) — A police bomb squad sealed off part of the campus of Northeastern University in Boston late Tuesday to examine a pair of suspicious packages, and there were unconfirmed reports of an explosion and minor injuries to at least one person.
Boston police said they were investigating a package that apparently exploded when it was opened near the university's Holmes Hall, which is home to Northeastern's creative writing program. The FBI was assisting the investigation, NBC Boston reported.
Meanwhile, the bomb squad was at the scene of a second package near the city's prestigious Museum of Fine Arts.
Authorities declined to elaborate, but WCVB-TV said an individual was taken to a hospital and that firefighters and paramedics were at the scene.
WBZ-AM radio, citing unidentified police officials, said the person suffered minor injuries.
Police responded shortly before 7:30 p.m., and the university asked students who had gathered for an evening journalism class at the hall to evacuate the building.
Northeastern is a private university in downtown Boston. WCVB said one of its reporters, Mike Beaudet, was teaching a class there at the time. Beaudet told the station his class was moved outside but that neither he nor his students heard an explosion.