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UPDATE: Packages found in Baltimore not dangerous

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Authorities say a package they investigated at a state office complex in Baltimore turned out to a box of laptop batteries.

Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the package posed no danger.

Two packages with incendiary devices inside were sent to state office buildings earlier Thursday. One of them was addressed to Gov. Martin O'Malley. They ignited and emitted smoke and a sulfur smell when they were opened, slightly burning the fingers of two employees but not seriously injuring anyone.

Authorities checked out a report of another package at a courthouse in downtown Baltimore, but that turned out to be printer toner.

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BALTIMORE (AP) -- Police say a suspicious package is being investigated at a courthouse in downtown Baltimore but isn't sure if it's linked to others that ignited earlier.

Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the package was discovered Thursday about 3:30 p.m. at the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse, which houses Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Guglielmi says it is too early to tell if the package is related to another suspicious package found at another state office building in Baltimore, or two more that emitted smoke and a flash at two state office buildings in Annapolis and Hanover.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland police spokesman says no one has been seriously injured by two packages that produced smoke and odors when they were opened at two separate state buildings.

State officials initially said the packages exploded, but now say there were no blasts.

Spokesman Greg Shipley says mailrooms at state offices across Maryland are being quarantined until it is determined if any other packages have been sent.

One package was opened Thursday afternoon at the Jeffrey Building on Francis Street in downtown Annapolis and another at the Maryland Department of Transportation building in Hanover. The two cities are about 20 miles apart.

A Homeland Security Department official says the department is aware of the incidents and is monitoring them. Maryland authorities and the FBI are responding.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland officials say two packages have exploded in two government buildings in the state capital.

Maryland state police say there were no serious injuries. The explosions occurred Thursday afternoon at the Jeffrey Building on Francis Street in downtown Annapolis and another at the Maryland Department of Transportation building in Hanover.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland officials say two employees opening mail at separate state office buildings had their fingers burned when they opened packages that emitted smoke and fire.

The employees were not badly hurt. State police spokesman Greg Shipley says one package was addressed to Gov. Martin O'Malley and the other to the state transportation department.

Mailrooms at other state offices across Maryland are being quarantined until it can be determined if any other packages have been sent.

Shipley says the packages did not explode but there was a flash of fire, smoke and a smell with each.

One package was opened at a state office building just blocks from the State House in downtown Annapolis. Another was opened 15 minutes later at the Maryland Department of Transportation headquarters.

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