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CNN New York Office Evacuated While on Air After Suspicious Package Sent to Time Warner Center

UPDATE: 1:22 p.m. EDT—During a press briefing, NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller confirmed that the package sent to CNN’s office in New York City included a pipe bomb. He added that the packaging also contained a suspicious powder that is currently being tested.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said “terrorism only works if you let it work,” and added that “terrorist thugs” will not defeat resilient New Yorkers. The governor confirmed that a similar device was sent to his office in New York City and that he wouldn’t be surprised if more are discovered.

“We refuse to be intimidated. We refuse to allow them to make us afraid of going through our daily lives,” Cuomo said. “We have the best law enforcement agencies, we’re all working together, we’re all here and we’re all going to go about our daily lives enjoying this beautiful city and state.”

After FBI special agents bomb technicians and members of the NYPD figure out how to transport the bomb,  it will be taken to the FBI’s lab for additional testing.

UPDATE: 12:29 p.m. EDT—A law enforcement source told Newsweek the package was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, care of CNN. The law enforcement source added that the “viable explosive device” was discovered in the mailroom of the building. The device is being taken to Rodman’s Neck Firing Range in the Bronx where it will be disassembled and examined.

The firing range has been used by the NYPD for decades for essential weapons training and to practice situations that may require the use of deadly force. In 2017, the city announced a $275 million investment to modernize the facility in Rodman’s Neck, according to the New York Times. Plans included building multiple outdoor ranges and a tactical village for training for real-life situations.

Original story:

A suspicious package was found at the Time Warner Center building in New York City, prompting evacuations on Wednesday morning.

A New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek that at least one suspicious package was found and that the bomb squad was called to investigate. CNN reporter Oliver Darcy tweeted that employees at CNN, which has office space in the building, were being evacuated.

“Striking scene as alarm went off as [anchor Jim Sciutto] and [anchor Poppy Harlow] were on air,” Darcy tweeted.

NYPD told Newsweek the investigation is ongoing but advised people to stay away from the Columbus Circle area.

Earlier Wednesday potential explosive devices addressed to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were intercepted by Secret Service. 

On Wednesday, Sciutto and Harlow were reporting on the suspicious packages that were recently sent to Democratic billionaire George Soros, Obama and Clinton. The segment was interrupted by what Harlow said during the broadcast was a fire alarm, and the co-anchors told viewers they would be right back.

Following the evacuation, CNN correspondent Rene Marsh picked up the broadcast from Washington, D.C., and informed viewers that a suspicious package was found.

“We are outside safely, all of our CNN colleagues that we know of are outside right now, everyone is safe as we can see,” Harlow told Marsh during a phone call.

Sciutto explained that the device was found inside the building and had been mailed to the office before being identified.

CNN national political reporter MJ Lee tweeted photos from outside the building. She explained that there were “swarms of NYPD” and that when the evacuation was ordered, she was told to immediately go to the staircase and leave all belongings behind.

Police continued to move people away from the building, and shortly before 11:30 a.m. EDT, the bomb containment unit was escorted into the garage beneath the building. MSNBC co-host Ali Velshi tweeted that bomb-sniffing dogs were also being used on cars parked on 58th Street. The Time Warner Center building is located in between 60th Street and 58th Street. 

On Tuesday, the Secret Service intercepted a suspicious package addressed to Hillary Clinton in Westchester County, New York. Then, on Wednesday morning, a second suspicious package addressed to Obama was intercepted in Washington, D.C. Both packages were discovered before reaching Clinton and Obama and an investigation into the sources is ongoing.

"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 Monday, New York’s Bedford Police Department received a call about a suspicious package in the mailbox of Soros’s Katonah, New York, home. Law enforcement officials confirmed to the Associated Press that the package was not a “hoax device” and had the components of a bomb, including explosive powder. It was proactively detonated by law enforcement officials.

It’s unclear at this time if the packages are related or if the same person or persons are responsible for sending all of them. 

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

suspicious package nyc time warner cnn Traffic moves past the Time Warner Center in New York, on June 12. On Wednesday, CNN’s offices in the Time Warner Center building were evacuated after a suspicious package was found. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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