Campus Package Bomb a Hoax?

Northeastern University

( – A package bomb explosion, which reportedly occurred on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston on Tuesday night, may have been a hoax, according to law enforcement officials.

The investigation of the explosion is now focused on whether the presumed victim of the incident may have staged it and then lied to investigators, police sources told the AP, as cited by The New York Post.

Before that, Northeastern University officials and police officers reported that around 7 pm on Tuesday, a package delivered to a building on campus exploded and injured a school employee.

The 45-year-old victim of the alleged explosion at Holmes Hall sustained minor injuries on his hand and was rushed to a hospital.

On Wednesday, however, the investigators discovered discrepancies in the staffer’s account of the explosion and started doubting that an explosion even caused his wounds.

The package that is claimed to have exploded was placed in a hard, Pelican-style case, and it contained a written message against Facebook founder and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and virtual reality, the police sources have revealed.

One police official disclosed that the package didn’t seem to have any explosive materials or had been mailed through the USPS.

A report by CBS Boston said the message in the package contained a demand that the university’s hi-tech lab stop work on the metaverse and artificial intelligence. The author of the note gave a deadline and threatened to destroy the facility unless the school complied.

Holmes Hall, where the alleged explosion occurred, hosts the university’s Immersive Media Labs, including virtual reality technologies, and its programs on creative writing and women, gender, and sexuality.

The reports about the explosion caused fear on this and other college campuses in the area. There was a suspicious package report near Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

An FBI official said on Wednesday afternoon that the investigation into the incident is “still very active and fluid.”

“A lot of people are still anxious and obviously scared of the situation… Every time I go to a class or dining hall or anything in general, people are just talking about what’s going on and what went on yesterday,” commented Northeastern student Lisbeth Martinez.

“We would like to underscore what was communicated to our community last night: Multiple law enforcement agencies have determined that the campus is safe and secure,” the university’s Provost David Madigan and Chancellor Kenneth Henderson said in a statement.