The U.S. Secret Service intercepted two “potential explosive devices” in a mail addressed to the homes former First Lady Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.
In a statement, the Secret Service said its personnel in Washington DC recovered the suspicious packages during “routine mail screening procedures.”
“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,” according to the Secret Service.
Additionally, the agency said Clinton and Obama “did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.”
Furthermore, the Secret Service stated it started a “full scope criminal investigation.” It “will leverage all available federal, state and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible.”
Other potential explosive devices mailed to several public figures
Separately, a courier delivered a package with an explosive device to the Time Warner Center where CNN’s New York bureau is based. The package was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan. The building was evacuated. CNN staffers are working from nearby hotels, restaurants, and elsewhere.