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11 sick after envelope opened at US military base

/ 08:31 AM February 28, 2018

An envelope containing an “unknown substance” was opened at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall near Washington, leaving 11 people sick, including military personnel. (AFP PHOTO)

An envelope containing an “unknown substance” was opened at a United States base near Washington on Tuesday, leaving 11 people sick, including military personnel, officials said.

The envelope was received at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, leading to an evacuation of the building, the US Marine Corps said on its Twitter account.

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“Base officials are coordinating with local HAZMAT teams and @FBI. Several Marines are receiving medical care as a result of this incident,” it said.

The Arlington Fire Department tweeted that “11 people started feeling ill after letter was opened in consolidated admin building.”

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CNN reported that a corporal, gunnery sergeant, and a colonel complained of a “burning sensation” on their hands and face.

The incident is under investigation, the fire department and Marines said.   /kga

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