U.S Secret Service agents intercepted potential explosive devices on Wednesday that were addressed to president Barack Obama and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the agency confirmed.
CNN’s headquarters in New York City, meanwhile, were evacuated due to what senior law enforcement officials confirmed to The Daily Beast was a suspicious device—described as a “pipe with wires”—in the mailroom of the Time Warner Center.
A suspicious package was sent to the Clinton’s suburban home in New York late Tuesday night and a separate parcel sent to Obama’s was intercepted Wednesday morning, authorities confirmed.
It was not immediately clear whether the package at the Time Warner Center was a real explosive device, or whether it was connected to the packages addressed to Clinton and Obama.
“The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such,” the Secret Service said in a statement on Wednesday, regarding the parcels sent to the former presidents’ homes. “The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.”
The statement continued: “The Secret Service has initiated a full scope criminal investigation that will leverage all available federal, state, and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible.”
Newcastle Police, who cover the hamlet of Chappaqua, where the Clintons reside, confirmed to The Daily Beast that they assisted FBI and Secret Service in investigating the suspicious package. And in a tweet on Wednesday morning, the New York branch of the FBI confirmed the existence of the package sent to the Clintons, but declined to provide further comment on the ongoing investigation.
Wednesday’s bomb scares come just days after a suspicious device was found in the mailbox of billionaire philanthropist George Soros’ home in the same county as the Clintons’ home.
Another suspicious package with a device was addressed to the White House but was intercepted at Joint Base Bolling in Washington, D.C., CNN confirmed on Wednesday. According to a law enforcement official, the device was similar to one sent to Soros home, and to homes of Clintons and Obamas.
“We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures. These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”
Donald Trump has been briefed on the packages and is taking the situation “extremely seriously,” a senior White House official told NBC News.