Also, The Health & Human Services Building Is Blowing Up


We were so excited to see a tip in our inbox with the subject line, "Explosion at HHS Building," because buildings? Blowing up? Dead bodies? HELLO, PAGEVIEWS! $$$$$$! But, alas, it was just "small explosion" a repairman caused while working on something. No one was hurt, no fires. LAME SANDWICH.

What happened, Mr. Ned, and also how did you send this e-mail from the future?

From: News, HHS (OS)

Date: Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Subject: Urgent Message


From: Ned Holland, Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management

To: Hubert H. Humphrey Building Employees

You may have felt the building shake in the last few minutes. We had a failure of a piece of electrical equipment on the 8th floor which resulted in a small explosion. No one was hurt and there was no fire. We still are trying to assess the impact on the building systems, but there is no need to evacuate. Appropriate people from the General Services Administration (our landlord) are on their way to assess the damage to the equipment. When we have more information, we will be back in touch with everyone in the building.

Thank you,

E.J. ("Ned") Holland, Jr.

Asst. Secretary for Administration & Management

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

RNC web ad saying "Why should we trust these bureaucrats with our health care when they can't even stop their own building from exploding?" in 3... 2... 1...

HHS Building Evacuated After Minor Explosion [Washington Post]


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