New York law enforcement emphasized that suspicious packages should be handled with caution as they gave the media an update Thursday on the ongoing investigation into several intercepted devices sent to Democrats, a media outlets, and a prominent Hollywood actor.
Because the investigation is ongoing, authorities could not confirm whether the devices were functioning explosives, but said they are being transported to an FBI facility in Virginia for examinations.
But officials cautioned the public to not let their guard down when it comes to suspicious incoming mail.
“This is something that should be taken seriously,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said.
Authorities warned that there will be a heightened police presence throughout the city as the investigation continues.
“New Yorkers are safe. There are no current credible threats to any individuals, organizations or locations,” Mr. O’Neill said.
An official from the U.S. Postal Service said that no further packages have been found in the last eight hours. A total of 10 packages have been found so far.
Authorities explained how one of the latest packages, described as a “suspected explosive device,” was discovered after a retired police detective notified investigators early Thursday morning. It was intended for actor Robert De Niro.
The update comes just one day after several suspicious packages were sent to CNN, the Clintons and the home of George Soros, all New York addresses.
Packages were also either sent or delivered across the East Coast to the Obamas in Washington, D.C., Vice President Joe Biden in Delaware, a Capitol Hill mailing facility in Maryland, and a local office for Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Florida.
A package intended for Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, was found in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Source: The Associated Press