Update VI: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a Wednesday press conference that the pipe bomb sent to CNN’s New York office was “clearly an act of terror.”
NYPD commissioner James O’Neill said police found an envelope of white powder along with the bomb at the Time Warner building. “We’ve seen this before. We’ve seen worse. We will not be intimidated,” he said. Federal agents are currently testing the envelope.
De Blasio said the package sent to CNN was an attack on the free press.
“This clearly is an act of terror, an attempt to undermine our free press, De Blasio said. “This is a very painful time in our nation. It’s a time when people are feeling a lot of hatred in the air,” de Blasio says. “Incidents like this exacerbate that pain.”
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Update V: Speaking at an event in Florida, Hillary Clinton said that, while she and her family are “fine” thanks to hardworking Secret Service agents, she’s worried about the “deep divisions” across the US.
“Many of you and others across our country have asked after me and my family and I’m very grateful for that. We are fine thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service who intercepted the package addressed to us long before it made its way to our home.”
“It is a troubling time, isn’t it? It’s a time of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together.”
Meanwhile, CNN is reporting that the ATF is on the scene in New York, Washington and Florida.
Officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive are on scene Wednesday at the site of the multiple suspicious packages.
They responding to packages mailed to officials in DC, and are at the Time Warner Center in New York and the office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Sunrise, Florida, ATF spokesperson April Langwell said.
They were also in New York at George Soros’ home Tuesday, she said.
CNN is also reporting that the suspicious package discovered at Wasserman Schultz’s office had been addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder. It was returned to Schultz’s office because – like the packages sent to CNN, the Clintons, Obamas and Soros – it had her name listed on the return address.
A suspicious package was sent to Eric Holder but it had the wrong address and was returned to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office in Florida because that was the return label on the package, according to two law enforcement sources.
The same return address was used for the Clinton and Obama suspicious packages.
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Update IV: President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both condemned the attempting bombings, with Pence saying these “despicable” acts have “no place in our country” and Trump adding that he agreed “wholeheartedly.”
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted a White House statement on the attacks and said the White House was monitoring the situation.
First Lady Melania Trump has also issued a statement, according to her spokeswoman.
“Mrs. Trump condemns all forms of threats and violence, and thanks law enforcement for their heroic efforts.”
The suspicious package, which was being treated as a real explosive by law enforcement, has reportedly been removed from the building.
CNN also reported that San Diego Police have cleared a section of Sixth Avenue near the offices of the San Diego Union Tribune and the state office of Sen. Kamala Harris.
San Diego Police are currently investigating a suspicious package and have closed off a section of 6th Avenue where the San Diego Union-Tribune is located, according to Officer Billy Hernandez.
The building that was evacuated houses the San Diego Union-Tribune, Senator Kamala Harris’ field office, and other offices this morning.
It is not clear where the packages were to be delivered. One U-T staffer also noted that a bicycle pump looking device was near the boxes.
A spokesperson for Kamala Harris said the suspicious package wasn’t addressed to her, though their offices were evacuated.
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Update III: The Mayors office and the NYPD will hold a press briefing at 12:45 pm ET to share more information about the suspected pipe bomb that was sent to the offices of CNN on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, more details are starting to emerge. The bomb was delivered in a package addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen is monitoring the situation. As a precaution, police have been sent to media outlets across NY.
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Update II: So much for ‘under control’…
The NYPD has issued an ’emergency alert’ for the area around Columbus circle after a pipe bomb was found to have been sent to the offices of CNN earlier Thursday morning. According to CNN, the suspicious device is about to be removed from the cable news channel’s offices in the Time Warner Building.
Kate Bolduan just reported that New Yorkers got an emergency text message from NYPD about the CNN bomb, telling them to "shelter in place immediately." pic.twitter.com/JZSBzhpnxo
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 24, 2018
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Update: Police say the situation at the Time Warner Center is under control.
Here’s more from CNN:
The device sent to Time Warner Center was constructed with a pipe and wires, according to an NYPD source. Law enforcement authorities are treating the device as a real explosive.
The device was discovered in the mailroom of Time Warner Center.
The evacuation at Time Warner Center includes WarnerMedia corporate offices and the offices for other Turner channels like TNT. It also includes the mall and the Whole Foods in the basement.
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The Time Warner Center, located in New York City’s Columbus Circle, has been evacuated, interrupting a broadcast by CNN.
WATCH: Alarm goes off on the air as CNN's New York bureau is evacuated because of a suspicious package pic.twitter.com/4TGuoz1C5R
— BNO News (@BNONews) October 24, 2018
CNN has had to move its broadcast to DC because its Time Warner building in NYC has been evacuated
— Sam Stein (@samstein) October 24, 2018
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 24, 2018
One CNN employee said she wasn’t allowed to grab her coat or belongings and was told to immediately head to the staircase.
Everyone at CNN NY being evacuated. Swarms of NYPD outside — I wasn’t allowed to grab a coat or any of my belongings — told to immediately go to staircase pic.twitter.com/rtcAoKS6y9
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) October 24, 2018
A suspicious package was cited as the reason for the evacuation. A bomb squad is reportedly on the scene to investigate. It’s notable that the Secret Service intercepted possible bombs sent the Clintons and the Obamas on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.