A high level police source told WPIX the package was addressed to actor Robert De Niro and that the device appears similar to those sent to former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, among others. The package was placed in a bomb disposal truck and driven to an NYPD firing range in the Bronx early Thursday morning, CBS New York reported.
USA actor Robert de Niro looks on during a news conference in Marbella, Spain May 16, 2018. At June's Tony Awards, he went off-script while introducing a performance by Bruce Springsteen to curse Trump.
The package was sent to the Tribeca Grill restaurant.
The NYPD bomb squad can be seen in pictures from the restaurant, which is located on Greenwich Street in the fashionable Tribeca area of Lower Manhattan.
The package addressed to De Niro had markings similar to the pipe bomb packages recently mailed nationwide to top Democrats, the sources said. Yesterday, the Time Warner Center was evacuated because of the bomb sent to CNN.
At least eight parcels were intercepted before reaching any intended recipients, including Obama's attorney-general, Eric Holder, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan and prominent Democratic Party donor George Soros.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump condemned the attempted bombings and said, "Acts or threats of political violence have no place in the United States".
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Police dispatched the bomb squad and the package was removed for analysis, the spokesman said.
The package was found "at the business residence of Robert De Niro", New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tells NPR's David Greene.
An FBI statement said the other packages consisted of a manila envelope with a bubble-wrap interior containing "potentially destructive devices".
A package containing a "live explosive device", according to police, received at the Time Warner Center which houses the CNN New York bureau, in New York City, is shown in this handout picture provided October 24, 2018. "We want all sides to come together in peace and harmony".
The Taxi Driver star opened his speech by calling Trump "blantantly stupid", before going on to label the billionaire president a "punk", "dog", "bullsh*t artist", "fool", "mutt", "bozo", "pig", "con", "idiot" and "national disaster". At least three of the packages sent on Wednesday contained similar pipe bombs, and all gave Wasserman Schultz' office as their return address.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the "really quick-witted work of a security guard" at the production office "for the fact that nothing happened and no harm was done to anyone".