AP: Powder Sent With Alleged 'Pipe Bomb' to CNN Was Harmless

Chris Menahan
Oct. 25, 2018

Tests showed the powder found with an alleged "pipe bomb" sent to CNN was harmless, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press on Wednesday night.

From AP:
A law enforcement official says tests have determined that a powder found inside an envelope delivered to CNN along with a pipe bomb was harmless.

The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that bomb technicians who studied the device said it "had hallmarks" of a "fake explosive" of "the kind more typically depicted on television and in movies, rather than devices capable of detonating."

As the New York Times reported:
None of the devices harmed anyone, and it was not immediately clear whether any of them could have. One law enforcement official said investigators were examining the possibility that they were hoax devices that were constructed to look like bombs but would not have exploded.

[...]A digital clock was taped to the middle of the pipe, a feature that experts say is typically shown on fictional bombs in an attempt to ratchet up dramatic tension, but unnecessary in real life.

In fact, bombmakers generally avoid attaching visible clocks to their devices to keep from tipping off their targets about when the bombs are set to explode.
NBC News reported Wednesday that the device sent to CNN had a parody ISIS flag with the text "Get 'Er Done" on it.

Though Governor Andrew Cuomo said early Wednesday that a "device" was mailed to his office it later turned out to be "a letter and a USB flash drive" with information about the Proud Boys that was completely unrelated.

Internet sleuths allegedly tracked down the exact clock on the "bomb" and found it's a car clock without an alarm function, which would be needed to trigger a detonator.

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