Are they fake bombs?

I ask because it’s one of the big questions being pursued by investigators.

“These devices should be considered dangerous,” said William Sweeney, assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He said the probe is “in its early stages,” and the agency is working quickly to analyze clues from the packages at its facility in Quantico, Va.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the suspected bombs were operational, officials said.

A cautious assessment that.

More caution:

When asked whether the homemade devices were designed to explode, Mr. O’Neill said law-enforcement officials are treating them as “live devices” and not as hoaxes. “This is something that should be taken seriously,” he said.

The devices are being treated is if they are “live.” Designed to explosive and not set to explode. Not armed, as sometimes is said.

More:

The FBI’s Mr. Sweeney said a powder found in the package delivered to CNN’s Manhattan office on Wednesday and addressed to former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan didn’t present a biological threat, but investigators were conducting further tests.

So far, nothing. But better safe than sorry, of course:

At the FBI facility in Quantico, Va., the suspected bombs will be tested for “everything under the sun,” a federal official said.

Go, FBI.

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