Bombs Mailed to Trump Critics Are Connected to Miami and South Florida

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The FBI said Friday that the package addressed to Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, was discovered in Florida and is "similar in appearance to the others".

Updated at 10:10 a.m.: Revised to indicate a person of interest is in custody.

Based on X-ray image of one of the devices, there appeared to be hazardous materials present, Anthony May, a retired ATF explosives investigator, told CNN's Brooke Baldwin.

Authorities arrested 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, who according to Florida records has a criminal record dating back decades that included including a past arrest for making a bomb threat.

New York's state Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo was unimpressed.

Packages have also been addressed to former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif, and - care of CNN - former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan.

Authorities shut down 52nd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues while the investigation is underway.

A bomb squad unit drove in a convoy through the city after leaving the neighbourhood. Miller said the retired detective recognized the packages when he saw images of them on the news Wednesday evening.

Another was addressed to the former director of national intelligence James Clapper, care of CNN, in NY.

At least one of the packages passed through a large US mail sorting facility in Opa-locka, Fla., near Miami, according to multiple reports.

Did the packages have any similarities?

United States media has reported that much of the investigation has focused on Florida, where officials believe that at least some of the packages were dispatched.

Investigators believe the mailings were staggered.

The Clapper package arrived in a manila envelope with six U.S. flag stamps, similar to other packages discovered this week.

Federal investigators searched a massive mail sorting facility in Florida late Thursday, after determining that at least one of the pipe bombs was processed there.

A police spokesman said the parcel "was similar to explosive packages that had been publicised". There is no information that suggests Wasserman Schultz sent the packages.

De Niro's statement was released as USA police were investigating two further suspicious packages, sent to Democrat senator Cory Booker and former director of national intelligence, James Clapper. Local authorities said the FBI has taken over the investigation. Most of the devices appeared to have been sent through the mail system.

The USPS said that it is employing a strategy that involves technology, screening and employee training to help keep the postal system safe.

All of the targets of the IEDs had drawn the ire of President Donald Trump.

"Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this "Bomb" stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows - news not talking politics", Trump tweeted Friday in remarks bound to enrage his opponents.

"Very unfortunate, what is going on", he said of the bomb drama and nationwide manhunt. "Republicans, go out and vote!" the president tweeted.

Packages to Biden were found at two different post offices, one in New Castle and the other in Wilmington.

"This division, this hatred, this ugliness - it has to end". But Democratic Senate and House leaders Chuck Schumer of NY and Nancy Pelosi of California said such words "ring hollow" when coming from Trump.

Sayoc was arrested at a business in Plantation, Florida, a city some 30 miles north of Miami, a source said.

You can also see another shot of what appears to be the suspect's van below. "But with all of that being said, we're winning".

On Thursday, it was reported that a suspicious package suspected to be an explosive device was delivered to Robert De Niro at his Tribeca Productions office.

CBS2's Mobile 2 camera recorded exclusive video as the NYPD loaded it onto a containment vehicle.

"I'm extremely grateful to the fearless women and men in law enforcement who swiftly apprehended this suspect and are working tirelessly to keep us safe", Wasserman Schultz said in a statement Friday. Several similar parcels have been sent to the homes and businesses of various Democratic politicos beginning on Wednesday.

Investigators were analyzing the innards of the crude devices to reveal whether they were meant to detonate or simply sow fear just before Election Day. But he said, "Let this be a lesson to anyone regardless of their political beliefs that we will bring the full force of law against anyone who attempts to use threats, intimidation and outright violence to further an agenda".

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