Suspect arrested after explosive devices sent to Trump critics and CNN

1:30 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

The chances that a piece of mail actually contains a bomb average less than one in 10 billion

Despite today's news, a mail bomb is still an extremely rare occurrence -- and that's why it's noteworthy that officials are dealing with several potential bombs today.

Here's how rare it is: According to the US Postal Inspection Service, the postal service processes more than 170 billion pieces of mail every year. Over the last few years, the number of mail bombs inspectors have investigated? An average of 16. That, according to the agency, works out to be an average of less than 1 in 10 billion.

1:29 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Suspicious package intercepted at mail facility in Maryland

Two law enforcement sources tell CNN that a suspicious package has been intercepted at a Congressional mail screening facility in Capitol Heights, Maryland. 

The Capitol Hill Police bomb squad is on the scene.

1:25 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

New York governor says device was sent to his office

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a device was sent to his office in Manhattan.

The governor added that the device was also "being handled."

Cuomo also said he would not be surprised if more devices were found.

“As you’ve heard there’s a number of devices and there’s a pattern apparently with them," he said.

The FBI says it is “working in coordination with our law enforcement partners to investigate the suspicious packages."

With CNN's Mary Kay Mallonee 

1:21 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Eric Trump: "America is better than this"

President Donald Trump's son Eric Trump tweeted about the various suspicious packages that were intercepted across the country, noting that he has been on "the receiving end" of similar situations.

"I can tell you how disgusting these acts are!" he wrote, adding that he hopes they "throw any individual caught in jail, for a very long time."

1:16 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

New York governor: "Terrorism only works if you let it work"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaking about the explosive device situation, said this is the world we live in.

“This is a circumstance of being who we are and where we are.”

He added that, "terrorism only works if you let it work."

“We will not allow these terrorist thugs to change the way we live our lives.”
1:09 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

This is what the suspicious package sent to CNN building looked like

This is a photograph of the suspicious package that was sent to the CNN building in New York City earlier this morning. It was addressed to John Brennan, the former CIA director, and "Time Warner (CNN)."

What we know about the package: At a news conference, police said the device appeared to be a live explosive device.

An envelope containing white powder was also discovered as part of the original packaging, New York Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said.

1:11 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

New York City mayor: "This is clearly an act of terror"

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking at a news conference, said the device found at the CNN building is "clearly is an act of terror."

“What we saw here today was an effort to terrorize. This clearly is an act of terror attempting to undermine our free press and leaders of this country through acts of violence," he said.

 He said the people of New York won’t be intimidated and will be undeterred.

 “We cannot be terrorized if you refuse to allow the terrorists to win,” de Blasio said.

12:57 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Police say live explosive device and white powder found in CNN building

 Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and New York Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill are holding a news conference at Columbus Circle regarding the suspicious device found in the building of CNN’s New York offices.

O’Neill said the device appeared to be a live explosive device.

An envelope containing white powder was also discovered as part of the original packaging, the commissioner said.

“We’ve seen this before. We’ve seen worse. We will not be intimidated and will bring these perpetrators to justice," O’Neill said.

Watch the announcement:

 

12:54 p.m. ET, October 24, 2018

Harris spokesperson says their California office was evacuated

A spokesperson for Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris said their California office was evacuated. Lily Adams wrote in a tweet that the packages were not addressed to the senator or their office.

"Our office was evacuated today after suspicious packages were found near the building. The packages were not addressed to the Senator or our office. We are grateful to the San Diego Police Department for their work to swiftly investigate this issue," Adams tweeted.