(PresidentialWire.com)- Federal officials are investigating the possibility that the person injured in last night’s mail bomb explosion at Northeastern University faked the entire affair.
According to the Boston Herald, authorities noticed contradictions in the 45-year-old victim’s account and determined that his wounds did not match those characteristics of an explosion.
The victim, who has only been described as a staff worker in the university’s virtual reality department, was taken to the hospital with minor hand wounds after receiving a box that purportedly exploded when it was opened.
Following claims that a school’s virtual reality department had been the target of a Unabomber-style attack, police, bomb squads, SWAT teams, and even Boston mayor Michelle Wu flocked to the site.
Following the attack, CNN reported that a “rambling” message that attacked Mark Zuckerberg, the metaverse, and virtual reality was enclosed with the box and hinted that there would be more explosives to follow.
When the dust settled, officials discovered that the box that burst was a Pelican brand box. This plastic carrying case can be pressurized and sealed shut, and when the staff member opens it, it depressurizes, resulting in the staff member’s injuries.
Pelican boxes, frequently used to hold delicate equipment like cameras or electronics, would be typical in a virtual reality lab. Even a picture with a Pelican-style box in the backdrop can be found on the front page of Northeastern’s Experiential Technology Lab website.
Authorities eventually discovered the explosive-free box that detonated had not been shipped by the US Postal Service and contained no evidence of explosives.
According to the Boston Globe, first responders at the scene described the incident as “strange,” noting that although the alleged explosion allegedly occurred in a class full of children, none of the pupils appeared to hear it happen.
It wasn’t a loud explosion, either. A Boston firefighter on the scene told the Globe that since there were children still in the classroom, they must not have heard anything. No one appeared to be in any kind of panic.
When you hear the word “explosion,” you automatically imagine a loud bang and uneasy bystanders, he continued.
The employee claimed that the explosion was not staged in an interview with The Boston Globe, describing the experience as “extremely traumatic.”
“I didn’t set this up… They must find the person who committed this offense in any manner possible,” he told the newspaper.