6 explosive packages sent to United States gov't, military sites in Washington

Authorities have said publicly that packages were found at Fort Belvoir in Virginia

The FBI is investigating several suspicious packages found at military installations and government facilities around the Washington, D.C., area, the agency confirmed Monday.

The packages the Federal Bureau of Investigation collected and will analyze at its Quantico, Virginia laboratories were sent to Fort Belvoir, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, the CIA, Fort McNair and Joint Base Anacostia.

Tests and an X-rays of one package sent to Fort Belvoir showed it contained black powder, residue, suspected Global Positioning System and a fuse. Law enforcement officials confirmed that the packages had contained explosive components such as fuse attachments, Global Positioning System locators, and black powder.

At least one package, sent to the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, DC, contained explosive material and was ultimately rendered safe.

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Investigators are analyzing the packages discovered around the National Capital Region on Monday to determine whether any of them contained functioning explosive devices.

The Associated Press reported that the packages "contained black powder along with rambling, nonsensical notes similar to those the man has been known to send in the past".

The FBI is in possession of the packages and is now trying to determine if they could have exploded.

Two other packages were sent to sites at Virginia's Fort Belvoir, southwest of Washington. A fifth person suffered minor injuries when a package bomb exploded at a FedEx facility. Shortly after inspectors determined that the package had tested positive for black powder, the facility was immediately evacuated. Further details about the package intended for the Central Intelligence Agency were not provided. During screening, the packages were found to be suspicious, although it is unclear what made them suspicious. Investigators do not believe the incident was one of terrorism, but they are exploring the suspect's motive, a law enforcement official said.

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