‘Dry run?’ … ‘Hoax?’ Pipe bomb and powder delivered to CNN reportedly harmless, raises more questions

A law enforcement official revealed late Wednesday that the pipe bomb and white powder delivered to CNN headquarters in New York City were harmless.

Although the New York Police Department indicated the package that forced the evacuation of CNN’s Manhattan offices Wednesday morning contained a live explosive and white powder, a law enforcement source told the Associated Press that the bomb was not functional and the powder was found to be harmless.

(Image: screenshot NBC News)

The package to CNN with the supposed explosive, which was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, was similar to others that were sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder and billionaire activist George Soros.

The information on the CNN scare raised even more questions about the source of the packages and apparent motive.

Other packages with similar devices were also sent to Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Rep. Maxine Waters of California. The devices featured the words, “get ‘er done,” comedian Larry the Cable Guy’s signature slogan, as well as a parody ISIS flag, according to NBC News.

The manila envelopes sent to CNN’s New York City headquarters also included Wasserman Schultz listed as the fake return address while the one that arrived in the congresswoman’s Florida office was apparently meant to be delivered to Holder.

President Trump condemned the attacks as “despicable” in a statement on Wednesday.

Democrats quickly jumped on the president’s call for unity with more rhetoric causing division. In a joint statement on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared that Trump’s “words ring hollow,” demanding the president retract previous statements that purportedly condoned violence.

Thankfully, none of the seven bombs sent were detonated and nobody was hurt. Investigators are reviewing CNN security video, according to the Associated Press,  in hopes of identifying who delivered the pipe bomb package to CNN’s office as New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill told the network in an interview that he was “pretty sure those images will be caught on video, and we’ll be able to find out where that person came from before they entered the building and where they went to after.”

Twitter users speculated on the latest findings on the CNN threats and the source behind the attacks.


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