NEW YORK (CNN/NBC) — CNN’s New York office was evacuated Wednesday after a package arrived that was similar to suspicious packages found near the New York home of Bill and Hillary Clinton and another sent to former President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., a senior law enforcement official said.
CNN reported a suspicious package containing a pipe bomb that was addressed to the White House was intercepted at Joint Base Bolling in Washington, D.C. However, a Secret Service spokesperson said reports of a suspicious package addressed to the White House are incorrect.
The New York Police Department urged people to avoid Columbus Circle, where CNN’s offices are located. The entire Time Warner Center, which houses the CNN newsroom, was evacuated, according to a memo sent to staff.
Jim Sciutto, a CNN correspondent, tweeted that the bomb squad responded. “We’re told of explosive device received,” he wrote. Sciutto and Poppy Harlow were on air at approximately 10:09 a.m. when a fire alarm went off.
The package sent to Hillary Clinton was discovered on Tuesday in Westchester County, New York, and a second in Washington, D.C., the FBI and Secret Service said in a statement.
“The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such. Both packages were intercepted prior to being delivered to their intended location. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them,” the statement said.