Two packages addressed to Biden intercepted in Delaware

Wilmington police and postal officials are investigating a suspicious package on the 1500 block of Lancaster Avenue. (Cris Barrish/WHYY)

Wilmington police and postal officials are investigating a suspicious package on the 1500 block of Lancaster Avenue. (Cris Barrish/WHYY)

Updated 12:45 p.m. EST

Two packages addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden were intercepted Thursday morning at mail facilities near New Castle and in Wilmington, the FBI has confirmed.

In a tweet, the bureau said the packages appear similar to those sent to prominent Democrats in recent days. Those packages were pipe bombs containing shards of glass. None of the bombs have detonated and no one has been hurt.

Biden lives in Greenville, a few miles west of Wilmington. Police had swept Biden’s home on Wednesday after pipe bombs were delivered to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, billionaire activist George Soros, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters and others, including the New York City offices of CNN.

A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that one package addressed to Biden was sent to the sprawling Hares Corner post office near New Castle about eight miles south of Wilmington. The official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Biden declined to comment on the packages via his spokesman Bill Russo. On Wednesday, after the other packages were found, Biden tweeted, “This country has to come together. This division, this hatred, this ugliness has to end.”

The former vice president discussed the matter during a speech Thursday night in Buffalo.

Biden’s daughter, Ashley, who works as the executive director for the Wilmington-based Delaware Center for Justice, said in a text message to WHYY, “Scary times. Still investigating.” She declined to comment further.

About 8:30 a.m., police initially blocked off access to the industrial center where the facility is located, but the area was completely reopened by 9 a.m. A state police bomb squad truck could be seen near the loading dock.

Reginald Wade, a U.S. postal inspector from Philadelphia, said the FBI was assisting county and state police, but would only say they were conducting a “law enforcement activity.’’

A few miles from Biden’s home, authorities cordoned off the small post office at 1500 Lancaster Avenue in Wilmington, where a source told the AP that the other package had been sent.  Around 11:30 a.m. police wheeled a robotic device from the post office to their van behind the facility.

Police wheeled a robotic device from the Wilmington post office to their van about 11:30 a.m. Thursday. (Cris Barrish/WHYY)

Yellow caution tape roped off the property and at least five police vehicles from Wilmington, New Castle County, and the U.S. Post Office were parked on the perimeter.

A postal police vehicle was stationed Thursday morning outside the Lancaster Avenue post office in Wilmington, where a suspicious package addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden was found. (Cris Barrish/WHYY)

Four Wilmington police officers stood outside near their SUVs about 8:45 a.m.

“That’s why we’re here — suspicious package. That was the original call and we’re on the perimeter,’’ said one officer in the Wilmington K9 unit who would not identify himself.

Outside the Wilmington post office, neighborhood resident Danielle Ward observed the police activity and said it distressed her that someone would send such packages to officials, including Biden. She worried that people could be in the post office that she used, and get injured or killed if one exploded.

Danielle Ward of Wilmington said she is distressed to think that suspicious packages like those addressed to prominent Democrats are now targeting Biden. (Cris Barrish/WHYY)

“It’s scary, a scary time,’’ Ward said.

Vance Thorpe, who lives in the block across the street from the post office, agreed.

Vance Thorpe of Wilmington, lives near the city post office where a suspicious package addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden was intercepted Thursday. (Cris Barrish/WHYY)

“I just think it’s crazy,’’ he said. “It takes my mind back to when we had the Unabomber going around, almost like a copycat or a repeat, but this time, it’s officials.”

WHYY reporter Zöe Read and the Associated Press contributed reporting.

This is a developing story.

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