Incident Summary:

01/07/2011: On Friday, in Washington, District of Columbia, United States, an envelope addressed to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ignited at a postal sorting facility. The envelope was not opened and therefore did not cause any casualties or property damage. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

District of Columbia


Location Details:
At a postal sorting facility in Washington, DC.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity American Government
Specific Description The target of the attack was Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Letter Bomb
Weapon Details
An unknown incendiary device was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
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 / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
CNN, "At Least One Envelope Ignited in DC Postal Facility," CNN, January 7, 2011,
Time Magazine, "Third Parcel Ignites in Postal Facility," Time Magazine, January 7, 2011,,8599,2041347,00.html#ixzz1AOKIvlKn.
Washington Post, "Suspicious Package Reported at DC Mail Facility," Associated Press,