Packages with explosive material sent to military installations in DC area

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Multiple suspicious packages containing explosive material were sent to at least three military installations in the Washington, D.C. area, a senior defense official told Fox News Monday.

Officials told Fox 5 DC a suspicious package was received at the National Defense University on Fort McNair in Southwest Washington D.C. at around 8:30 a.m. The building was evacuated and an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Fort Belvoir, Va. examined the package, which tested positive for black powder and residue.

An X-ray of the package indicated a suspected GPS and an expedient fuse were attached, Army officials said. The package later was rendered safe.

At approximately 11 a.m., Naval Support Facility Dahlgren in King George County, Va. also received a suspicious package that was found to be safe, officials said.

Later in the day, officials at Fort Belvoir said they had also received a suspicious package, but it was rendered safe.

“The FBI responded to multiple government facilities today for the reports of suspicious packages. Each package was collected for further analysis by the FBI,” said Nicole Schwab, a spokesperson for the FBI Washington Field Office.

Fox News has learned that the packages were being examined at the FBI’s field office in Quantico, Va.

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.

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The building was evacuated and the 52nd Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Fort Belvoir examined the package. It tested positive for black powder and residue. An x-ray of the package indicated a suspected GPS and an expedient fuse were attached, and the package was rendered safe, Army officials say.

There were no injuries reported.

After a sweep by a K-9 team, personnel were allowed to return to the building at 1:15 p.m.

Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling says it investigated a suspicious package early Monday afternoon that was deemed safe.

Fort Belvoir in Virginia confirmed to FOX 5 that they had a suspicious incident on Monday and it has been contained and was deemed safe.

Naval Support Facility Dahlgren in King George County in Virginia also received a suspicious package at around 11 a.m. Monday. It was also found to be safe, officials say.

“The FBI responded to multiple government facilities today for the reports of suspicious packages. Each package was collected for further analysis by the FBI,” said Nicole Schwab, a spokesperson for the FBI Washington Field Office.

These incidents come after 11 people were sickened when an envelope containing an unknown substance was opened inside a building at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia in February.

Nearly two weeks ago, 16 employees were evaluated at the D.C. Department of Corrections after being exposed to a substance in a package received in the mailroom. The substance was first thought to be fentanyl, but fire officials later determined it was synthetic cannabinoid.

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