January 7th, 2011
07:49 PM ET

At least 1 envelope ignites in DC postal facility

CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) - An envelope that ignited Friday at a Washington postal sorting facility was addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a department official confirmed.

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier would not comment on markings on the package, or if it contained a note, but she said it was "similar in nature" to devices that ignited Thursday in two Maryland state offices.

Those devices carried messages apparently decrying road signs that ask motorists to report suspicious activity, a government official said.

At least one device was found, police said.

U.S. Postal Inspector Pete Rendina said inspectors were screening mail at facilities in the Washington metro area.

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  1. dan

    maybe this person is just trying to warn the us governement that it still not secure enough but then again im not a pyschologist. thats just what i think due to the fact that it wasnt a big incendiary device if it put it self out in a short time.

    January 8, 2011 at 1:19 am |
  2. Annie Kate

    An incendiary device is bad enough but at least it wasn't a bomb. So do we have another Unabomber type on the loose – if we do I hope they catch this one before someone dies.

    January 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm |