On Tuesday, 11 people reportedly fell ill after being in the vicinity of a suspicious letter that was opened at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia.
CNN is reporting that at least three people have been transported to a local hospital after experiencing symptoms ranging from burning hands to bloody noses.
“An envelope containing an unknown substance was received, today, aboard Joint Base Ft.Myer-Henderson Hall. Personnel in the affected building took immediate preventative measures by evacuating the building,” Maj. Brian Block, a US Marine Corps spokesperson, told CNN.
“Base officials and are coordinating with local HAZMAT teams and FBI,” Block continued. “Several Marines are receiving medical care as a result of this incident. No additional details are available at this time as the investigation is ongoing.”
Earlier reports indicated that at least five people suffered nose bleeds and burning sensations said to have been caused by an unidentified substance.
The emergency was first reported just after 4:30pm at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington on Tuesday, according to ARLnow.com.
Henderson Hall is the headquarters of the US Marine Corps. It is an administrative center that includes both military and civilian personnel.
Firefighters from Arlington County as well as an EMS task force, which is usually summoned to mass casualty scenes, responded to the call.
After the letter in question was opened, the building was promptly evacuated. Authorities also dispatched an emergency contamination unit.
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Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall is a joint military base that connects Fort Meyer, Fort McNair, Henderson Hall, and provides “installation services and support to Military Members, Civilians, Retirees and their Families with a quality of life commensurate with the quality of their service. On order, provide Base Support to MDW/JFHQ-NCR facilitating deployment of forces for Homeland Defense and Defense Support to Civil Authorities in the NCR.”
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