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 U.S. 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.”
The United States Marine Corps noted that “Several Marines are receiving medical care as a result of this incident.”
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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