Police blocked the escalators and people slowly left the mall as bomb-sniffing dogs made sure there was no danger.The two packages had Christmas wrapping paper and were on top of a garbage can.The incident came as the pipe bomb scare widened Thursday.
WASHINGTON - The New York Police Department says a report of two unattended packages at the Time Warner Center was a false alarm.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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The building was partially evacuated Wednesday after a suspicious package containing a crude pipe bomb was delivered to the media company.
His package never made it to its destination due to a delivery error and was bounced back to the return address, listed as Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's office in Sunrise, Florida, which was briefly evacuated.Lastly, a police bomb squad removed a package addressed to for CIA Director John Brennan, an NBC News contributor, at CNN's New York City office at the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle.The object appeared to be a small pipe bomb with wires extending from it, which was removed from the building at 11:37 a.m. and taken to a remote location to be detonated.Mayor Bill de Blasio called it an act of terrorism.
#BreakingNews False alarm at Time Warner Center .. the suspicious packages were not anything bad. sign of the times.. tensions high.
The FBI and ATF responded to the facilities as part of the ongoing investigation into the devices, with authorities believing these to be ninth and 10th packages tied to the case.The packages addressed to Biden never reached their destination.The first crude suspected bomb to be discovered had been delivered Monday to the Westchester County compound of George Soros , a liberal billionaire and major contributor to Democratic causes.
Good to hear that CNN people are safe. Todays evacuation was a false alarm.
CNN is located in the Time Warner building.
Law enforcement officials seized three more suspicious packages and said they were similar to crude suspected pipe bombs sent to George Soros, former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, CNN, Rep. Maxine Waters and former Attorney General Eric Holder.Two packages addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden bearing similarities to the other packages were recovered at two postal facilities in Delaware.
Police partially evacuated the Time Warner Center in Manhattan Thursday night following a report of suspicious packages amid the ongoing pipe bomb scare.Authorities said it turned out to be unattended packages with toys and the NYPD later gave the all-clear for the mall to reopen.During the investigation no one was allowed inside the center, the complex that houses CNN.The packages were on the third floor, which was evacuated as a precaution.