Eleven People Fall Ill After Letter Opened at Joint Base Fort Meyer-Henderson Hall

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Eleven people fell ill, and 3 of them were hospitalized after opening an envelope at Joint Base Fort Meyer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia on Tuesday. The incident occurred at around 1 p.m. in Henderson Hall (building 29), where US Marines and civilians work. Local Hazmat teams responded. The hospitalized persons, a Corporal, a Gunnery Sergeant, and a Colonel are all in stable condition. One person had a nose bleed.

“An envelope containing an unknown substance was received, today, aboard Joint Base Fort Myer-Henderson Hall. 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.” U.S. Marine Corps spokesperson Maj. Brian Block

People inside the office suddenly began feeling sick and complained of sore throats after the suspicious piece of mail was opened. Information as to where the letter was postmarked, who sent it, who handled it or opened it have not been released.

The three hospitalized victims had a burning sensation in their hands and face, according to the Arlington Fire Department.

Hazmat teams responded. The substance that created the illness is unknown at this time. The investigation is ongoing, although the response was scaled back.

According to Military.com:

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall is a base of the United States military that is located in Virginia which is made up of Fort Myer, Fort McNair, and Henderson Hall. It was created as the result of the Base Realignment and Closure, 2005 process.

It is commanded by the United States Army.

Henderson Hall is situated on Southgate Road on the southern border of Arlington National Cemetery, next door to the Army’s Fort Myer.

Featured photo of Fort Meyer Fire Department via Twitter

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