Incident Summary:

01/06/2011: On Thursday, in Annapolis Maryland, United States, a package was sent to Governor Martin O'Malley The package was one of two received on the same day, the other was sent to Transportation Secretary Beverly Swaim-Staley. The package was opened by a government employee, and subsequently ignited and burned the employee's fingers. No other casualties took place. Explosive material was not found in the package but a small battery and an electric match which ignited the material were recovered. The same note was found in both of the packages as well, stating "Report suspicious activity! Total Bull----! You have created a self fulfilling prophecy." Investigators indicated these notes are in opposition of highway signs urging motorists to report suspicious activity. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at the governor's office and the transportation secretary's office.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Maryland State Government
Specific Description Governor Martin O'Malley
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
An unknown incendiary device was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Time Magazine, "Third Parcel Ignites in Postal Facility," Time Magazine, January 7, 2011,,8599,2041347,00.html#ixzz1AOKIvlKn.
Fox News, "Devices Detonate at Maryland Government Buildings," (January 7, 2011).
ABC Premium News, "Third Envelope Ignites at US Post Office," LexisNexis Academic, ABC Premium News, January 8, 2011.