Man accused of sending suspicious packages appears in court

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Seattle area man accused of sending suspicious packages to multiple military installations around the nation’s capital has been charged with shipping explosive materials.

Thanh Cong Phan was charged in federal court in Seattle Tuesday, where he made an initial appearance.

The complaint alleges that he shipped a vial containing black powder on March 16 from a U.S. Postal Service kiosk in Mill Creek, north of Seattle.

Phan was arrested Monday at his home in nearby Everett.

The complaint says 11 packages were received on or about Monday at various government agencies and military installations. Each package contained a typewritten letter with ramblings and what appeared to be a homemade explosive device.

No injuries have been reported.