UPDATE: FBI now involved – 11 people ill after opening letter at Virginia military base

This is just breaking from Twitter. It appears 11 people got sick after opening a letter at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia.

Here’s what we know:

I’ll update when we have more…


Looks like it might be a chemical attack:

An emergency task force was reportedly called for at around 4:30 p.m. at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall after initial reports suggest a letter was opened that may have contained a hazardous substance, according to local news company ARLnow.

At least 11 people were reportedly ill and being treated for symptoms that include nose bleeds and burning sensations. Three patients were transported and in stable condition, according to the Arlington Fire Department.

The building was evacuated and a decontamination station was deployed.


UPDATE 3: FBI has joined the investigation:

UPDATE 4: Here’s the official statement from the Marines (in case the one above is tough to read)


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