Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Florida office evacuated due to suspicious package

Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Florida office evacuated due to suspicious package
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The Florida office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzFlorida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Five things to watch at the Democratic National Convention Michelle Obama wishes Barack a happy birthday: 'My favorite guy' MORE (D) was evacuated Wednesday over reports of a suspicious package, according to local authorities.

Police in Sunrise, Fla., confirmed on Twitter that an investigation into a suspicious package found near the lawmaker's office was underway and advised residents to stay away from the area. Wasserman Schultz is a former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.


"ALERT!!! We are working an investigation of a suspicious package near Sawgrass Corporate Parkway. Please stay out of the area of NW 8th St and NW 136th Ave. We will provide further updates when available," the department tweeted.

A subsequent tweet said, "There have been no reports of any other incidents or suspicious packages at any other venues within Sunrise."

A police spokesman informed CNN that the office had been evacuated and secured, and that a bomb squad was on site. It was unclear, according to CNN, whether the package found was similar in nature to those sent to former President Obama and former President Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump furor stokes fears of unrest Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close MORE, which were reportedly intercepted by U.S. Secret Service. Those packages included potential explosive devices, according to news reports.

At least one suspicious package, addressed to former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden on Trump: 'He'll leave' l GOP laywers brush off Trump's election remarks l Obama's endorsements Obama endorses Warnock in crowded Georgia Senate race The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's rally risk | Biden ramps up legal team | Biden hits Trump over climate policy MORE, used Wasserman Schultz's office as the return address and was returned by the U.S. Postal Service to her office since it had the wrong information for Holder, who served during the Obama administration.

It was unclear if a separate package was addressed to Wasserman Schultz or if Sunrise police were investigating the package addressed to Holder.

Sunrise police did not immediately respond to a request for further information.

A second suspicious package delivered to the congresswoman's office in Aventura, Fla. caused the evacuation and cordoning-off of the city's government center Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

"#AventuraPolice is investigating a suspicious package that was delivered to our Government Center. This is being done as a precaution due to recent events. Do not use W. Country Club Dr. since we have blocked off the street. Will advise when we have more info," Aventura's police department tweeted.

Wasserman Schultz's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday about either incident.

--Updated at 3:29 p.m.