Eleven people fell ill Tuesday at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall next to Arlington National Cemetery after a suspicious letter containing an unknown substance was opened.
Three people were transported to a local hospital, the Arlington County Fire Department said in a tweet, with non-life threatening conditions.
#Update: Ft Myer Hazmat, 11 people started feeling ill after letter was opened in consolidated admin building. 3 were transported. Condition not known. Ft Myer PIO enroute.— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) February 27, 2018
According to a statement released by the Pentagon, “Personnel in the affected building took immediate preventative measures by evacuating the building. Base officials are coordinating with local HAZMAT teams and FBI.”
Local news site ArlNow.com reported the substance was contained in a certified letter.
There were no immediate reports on who sent the mail and why.