UPDATE: While no explosives have been identified, officials have now revealed that all the packages being investigated this morning in Newark and Philadelphia originated from “a specific address in Yemen” that is also connected to the device found in the U.K. yesterday. An investigation is underway to determine whether these packages were all part of a dry run for a mail bomb plot.
Authorities are looking into suspicious packages on three UPS planes — one at Newark airport in New Jersey, and two others at the Philadelphia International Airport. A spokesperson for the NYPD has also confirmed that the bomb squad is on the scene to investigate a “suspected explosive device” on UPS truck in Long Island City, Queens.
All planes involved landed safely, and the packages in question have been removed from the aircraft for inspection.
Today’s events follow news of another suspicious package found at a UK airport last night. According to CNN:
The suspicious package, which contained a “manipulated” toner cartridge, tested negative for explosive material, the source said, but it led to heightened inspection of arriving cargo flights in Newark, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a UPS truck in New York.
Police also were investigating a suspicious package at the distribution center of an airport in East Midlands, in the United Kingdom, an airport spokesman said. Authorities said they could not immediately connect that investigation to the ones unfolding in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
We’ll provide more news on this story as it unfolds.