A plastic carrying case exploded on Northeastern University’s Boston campus on Tuesday night, apparently injuring a staff member.
The U.S. City Bomb Squad, other emergency services, and law enforcement responded, but there was no bomb in the box.
according to CBS newsthe package, a Pelican hard case used to safely transport classified equipment, was “under pressure” and “contained no gunpowder or explosives.”
When the case was opened by university personnel at Holmes Hall, the unidentified contents of the case were depressurized in a non-pyrotechnic manner.
“A staff member suffered minor injuries and is being treated at a local hospital,” Northeastern University said. statement“No students were injured.”
in the meantime NBC10 Boston Investigators said they were investigating the possibility that the case was a hoax, but the news organization also characterized the case as deliberately “rigged” to decompress when it opened. .
NPR too report Investigators are trying to determine whether the incident was staged and are trying to confirm that the employee who reported the explosion fabricated it in whole or in part.
According to CNNthe package “contained a rambling memo criticizing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the relationship between academic institutions and virtual reality developers”.
Holmes Hall, where the explosion took place, is home to Northeastern University’s Immersive Media Lab and Northeastern University’s Virtual Reality (NUVR) student club.
The memo has not been made public, but the report describes it as a manifesto criticizing virtual reality, artificial intelligence, the Metaverse, and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The memo is reportedly against his VR development academically and calls for a halt to VR research.
NBC10 Boston the note said“contains grammatical problems, spelling errors, and copious amounts of exclamation marks, characterizing virtual reality as a government operation.”
Meta did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The internet giant, formerly known as Facebook, adopted the name Meta last year. Beyond the branding benefit of distancing itself from Facebook’s privacy concerns (an issue serious enough to sink his Diem currency project from Libra), Facebook did so to show its commitment to developing and monetizing the Metaverse. . The company is appealing as “a series of digital spaces for socializing, learning, playing, and more.”
Meta aims to be the gatekeeper, advertising provider and toll collector of these digital environments, accessed through accessories including headsets and vibrating gloves made by Meta.have blew up $10 billion Last year, Zuck Corp. is unlikely to throw in the towel for threats that include exclamation points as it develops its virtual world technology.
On Wednesday morning, university officials issued a statement reassured students and staff that the campus was safe and that classes would continue as normal. level continues.
Max Abrams, associate professor of political science and terrorism expert at Northeastern University, said: told NBC News The case has some similarities Yuna BomberBetween 1978 and 1996, he sent 16 bombs to the university, killing three.
The U.S. government’s decision to release Unabomber’s anti-technology manifesto in 1995 led to the arrest of Theodore Kaczynski.®