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'Explosive Devices' Addressed to Hillary, Obama Are Found

Secret Service issues statement
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 24, 2018 8:35 AM CDT
In this Nov. 8, 2016, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and her husband former President Bill Clinton, greet supporters after voting in Chappaqua.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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(Newser) – A six-inch pipe bomb was sent to George Soros two days ago, and two officials tell the New York Times that similar devices were intercepted while en route to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's offices. The AP called Clinton's a "functional explosive device." The Times reports Clinton's package was flagged by a technician who reviews her mail. A statement from the Secret Service obtained by CNN journalist Elizabeth Landers elaborates on the situation.

It says the Secret Service intercepted "two suspicious packages addressed to Secret Service protectees." It says Clinton's package was intercepted late Tuesday in Westchester County, NY (she and former President Clinton live in Chappaqua) and that Obama's package was intercepted in Washington, DC. The packages "were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such." Clinton and Obama were not "at risk of receiving them." (Read more bomb stories.)

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