Police officers stand in front of property owned by the Clintons in Chappaqua, New York. AP Photo

Suspected explosive devices addressed to former US President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been allegedly intercepted by the U.S. Secret Service, which has opened a criminal investigation into the incidents.

“The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such.

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“The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them,” the Secret Service said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.

One device was addressed to Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, who lives with former President Bill Clinton in Chappaqua, a suburb about 40 miles north of New York City. The other was addressed to former President Obama in Washington.

There were also reports of other potentially dangerous packages as well sent to cable network CNN.

CNN said it evacuated its New York City bureau, citing a report of a suspicious device. The cable network’s anchors delivered their reports from the street outside Time Warner Center in Manhattan.

The New York Police Department stepped up patrols associated with the intended recipients of the packages and at media locations, according to a police official.

The FBI and Secret Service are looking into the possibility that all of the incidents are linked, according to an official who asked not to be identified discussing the evolving investigation.