A law enforcement official has told the New York Times that examiners are looking at whether the mail bombs sent to Democrats over the last 48 hours were in fact “hoax devices” that were made to look like bombs seen on television or the movies but not meant to explode.
Another suspicious package was found outside the Tribeca Grill, a restaurant owned by actor and Trump adversary Robert De Niro.
However, according to one source, the bombs could have been complete duds merely made to look like bombs for dramatic effect.
“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,” reports the NY Times.
“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.”
As NY Times reporter John Ismay notes, some bomb technicians said that the devices were constructed to resemble bombs “depicted on television and in movies, rather than devices capable of detonating.”
“Some bomb technicians who studied photos of the device […] suggested that the bomb sent to CNN had hallmarks of fake explosives — the kind more typically depicted on television and in movies, rather than devices capable of detonating” https://t.co/nJ97wDpvs9
— John Ismay (@johnismay) October 25, 2018
Meanwhile, another law enforcement official told the Associated Press that the powder found inside the package sent to CNN was “harmless”.
The exact clock used in the device sent to CNN was also found on Amazon, revealing it to be a cheap LCD digital display that doesn’t even have an alarm, which would be necessary to trigger a detonator.
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