October 24, 2018
Today NYPD and all of our law enforcement partners responded to reports of a suspicious package at CNN. Responding officers identified a device that appeared to be a live explosive device. The NYPD Bomb Squad responded, secured the device, and safely removed it using a Total Containment Vessel (TCV) to Rodman's Neck in the Bronx for further investigation. Additionally, an envelope containing white powder was discovered as part of that original packaging. The powder is being investigated as well.
"The area has been swept with dogs and equipment and found no additional threats besides the white powder," said Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill. "NYPD is currently deploying resources around the city out of an abundance of caution."
"We, at this time, do not have other credible and specific threats against locations in New York City," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "I want to let all New Yorkers know, you can go about your daily routine knowing the NYPD and all these other agencies are here to protect you. It's important to note that this is an ongoing investigation. As we have more information we will provide it. But I emphasize, there is not a specific threat against any other location in this city at this time. That said, the NYPD and all of our partners have reinforced our very clear visible presence at key media locations around New York City and other important locations. So, you will see a lot more police presence – that should be reassuring to all New Yorkers."
Anyone with any information on this incident today, or about incidents in the New York area, please call 1-888-NYC-SAFE.
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