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Pipe bomb in Robert De Niro’s mail, NYPD detective saw it called it in



NYPD bomb containment vessel
NYPD bomb squad vehicle departs an area outside Time Warner
Center on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in New

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  • A retired New York Police Department detective called the
    bomb squad early Thursday after realizing a package he’d screened
    in the actor Robert De Niro’s mail looked like the ones he’d seen
    on news coverage.
  • A series of pipe bombs have been intercepted in recent days
    after being sent to prominent Democrats and critics of President
    Donald Trump.
  • The NYPD said Thursday that New Yorkers should be vigilant of
    all suspicious packages, and to call police immediately if they
    think there might be a threat.

A retired New York Police Department detective directly contacted
the bomb squad after realizing that a package he’d seen days
earlier in Robert De Niro’s company’s
looked exactly like the ones featured on news coverage
that had been sent to a slew of top Democrats and
prominent critics
of President Donald Trump, authorities said

NYPD Deputy Commissioner Jason Miller told reporters at a
Thursday press conference that the retired detective had noticed
the package on Tuesday, one day before a wave of pipe bombs were
intercepted after being sent to former President Barack Obama,
former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, billionaire Democratic
donor George Soros, former CIA Director John Brennan, former
Attorney General Eric Holder, and Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters.

Miller said the retired detective had been watching the news
early on Thursday morning when he saw an image of the labeled,
manila envelopes used to package the pipe bombs.

“It struck him that that looked very much like a package he had
seen on Tuesday in mail he was to screen for Robert De Niro
Productions at their offices on Greenwich Street,” Miller said.

He added that the former detective knew how to directly call the
NYPD’s bomb squad, which arrived immediately and removed the
device safely from the building.

Miller said the bomb was placed in a “total containment vessel”
and brought to the Rodman’s Neck range in the Bronx, along with
some of the other devices.

New York City officials urged New Yorkers to be vigilant in the
coming days about unfamiliar packages, and to call police if they
see anything suspicious.

“These devices should be considered dangerous,” the FBI’s
assistant director-in-charge, William Sweeney, said at a press
conference. “Do not touch, do not move, do not handle any
suspicious, unknown package.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the bombings were “absolutely
terrorism,” and added that residents should call 911 for
suspicious packages or activities even if they’re unsure whether
a threat exists.

“If it’s on the cusp, make the call. If you think maybe you
should call, definitely call,” de Blasio said. “Let law
enforcement be the ones to make that call.”

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