July 12th, 2007
02:17 PM ET
4 years ago

Police check suspicious package at Edwards HQ

Edwards is participating in a NAACP forum Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Sen. John Edwards’ presidential campaign headquarters in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was evacuated late Thursday morning as police checked a suspicious package delivered to the office.

An Edwards spokesman told CNN they were evacuated “as a precaution” and said there was no known threat.

Aerial footage from CNN affiliate WTVD’s helicopter showed the bomb squad on the scene and a robot being moved towards the building. Bomb squad technicians could be seen putting on protective gear.

In a statement, Deputy Campaign Manager Jonathan Prince said, "We received a suspicious package at our campaign headquarters this morning. On the advice of the authorities, we evacuated the building and will continue to take every possible precaution”

Chapel Hill Police and the FBI were investigating.

Edwards was in Detroit, speaking at an NAACP forum during the situation.

Earlier this year, the office was evacuated twice after receiving letters containing white powder. Those packages tested negative for dangerous materials.

1:30 p.m. ET Update: CNN has learned police have allowed campaign staff back into the building.

4:15 p.m. ET Update: The suspicious package contained beeping watches according to Captain Bob Overton with the Chapel Hill Police Department. Special Agent Newsom Summerlin from the FBI field office in Charlotte said his office will not be initiating a criminal investigation.

– CNN's Steve Brusk and Cristy Lenz


Filed under: John Edwards
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    3 times?! Edwards has been a victim of potential attacks now?

    The level of HATE displayed by the right-wing Neo-Cons has reached alarming proportions. Especially when the pundits such as that woman literally call for Edwards to be killed and even call him a faggot.

    I don't get it? What is with the right-wing obsession and hate of Edwards?

    July 12, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. OE

    The last time he received a package was after the exchange with Ann Coulter over her "faggot" remark, and the time before that, I believe, involved some spat with either Coulter or Michelle Malkin. We know that last month, Coulter used John Edwards' name and "killed in a terrorist attack" in the same sentence, which sparked an exchange between Mrs. Edwards and Coulter on Hardball. Now the campaign receives another suspicious package.

    When is someone going to make the connection? Mess with Coulter or Malkin, and some of their stupid supporters will sent you a message...a threatening message.

    And people have the audacity to believe that the only terrorists out there are middle eastern muslims. What about the right-wing fringers like Timothy McVeigh and Eric Rudolph, who like to plant explosives at federal buildings or abortion clinics or send people suspicious packages in the mail?

    Did they ever capture the anthrax murderer?

    July 12, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Leave it to a trial lawyer to find anyway possible to gain media time and spotlight. From what I have read this is the third time he has got himself into the media over this type of thing.

    The last two proved to be nothing. If I were a gambler I would bet that this one turns out to be nothing more that another media time grab.

    Haircuts and extremely private family issues as prime time media issues? Can't he find answers to massive issues concerning Americans and use media to enlighten us with the answers.

    God bless his wife and may she overcome the cancer. We all pray for her. May she, her husband and her family live a long healthy and happy life. But not as the first fimily.

    July 12, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Hairs To You John

    If the package isn't a package of supplies from his hair dressor – IT'S SUSPICIOUS!

    July 12, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Mary, MI

    These are the same kind of right-wing nuts who bomb abortion clinics. Each party has their own. I for one would rather be associated with the party of protestors.

    July 12, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. lyn rockville md

    When Hillary raved on At the Howard University debate about AIDS and the unequal treatment given to Black Woman everyone applauds that she relates better to the Black community than Obama. If he states anything regarding race he is race baiting. This is what we all knew he is DAMNED whatever he does.

    July 12, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Stephen, Raleigh, NC

    Anonymous:

    Do you honestly believe that Edwards sent himself these packages? Are you that stupid and blinded by your bigotry? Never mind, I already know the answer ...

    It's your type that will say and do anything to get people's attention off of the things you don't want them talking about, not Dems.

    July 12, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Why would "right wing" crazies do this to him? He will be lucky to get out of the primaries?

    Maybe he is doing it to his own campaign, good cheap publicity and everyone on the liberal side "Loves a victim".

    July 12, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Yeah interesting that the 2 "anonymous" Republicans responded by thinking this was funny or made jokes about it.

    Well Tom...I'm not sure why either because Edwards is far behind Clinton and Obama in polls.

    Maybe something to do with the right-wing radio nutcases that fill the airwaves with hate...and that woman.

    July 12, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Providence, RI

    I do not trust Edwards! He is sending a package to get media attention so his poll number goes up, like his wife did, with Ann Coulter. It is all staged! Nothing is authentic about him! 28000 sq ft mansion? $400 hair cut? Fighting poverty? According to Shakespeare, "He can master a grief who has it." Edwards does not know what povery is, and so he cannot master a grief of poverty. We can becasue we have it.

    July 12, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Ann Brunswick ME

    Why can't mail be picked up at the Post Office and inspected before it's taken inside the office proper? Sometimes the obvious remedy is overlooked by such brilliant minds.

    July 12, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  12. Alessan, NY, NY

    The incident was obviously real, but turned out to be a hoax, because of the times we live in the police don't want leave any stone unturned. Edwards was at the NAACP convention, remember. What's is wrong with people in this country, there no need to make the crude remarks made here, if you don't like the person, why bother to comment at all.

    July 12, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |