CNN evacuated after bomb threat

07 December, 2018, 16:23 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Authorities are investigating a reported bomb threat at CNN's New York office

As the 11 p.m. hour began, the network was airing the "Anderson Cooper" episode taped earlier Thursday evening, returning to live programming, about the bomb threat, shortly after 11:15 p.m. In the meantime, the network has gone to taped programming.

All vehicle and pedestrian traffic has been blocked on West 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue due to a police investigation at Columbus Circle, where the Time Warner Center is located, the New York Police Department tweeted.

Law enforcement said that someone had called and claimed there were 5 bombs inside the building.

The bomb threat was made just 20 minutes after President Trump tweeted that fake news was "the enemy of the people" - the latest in many of his attacks on the media.

Several fire alarm bells rang inside CNN's NY newsroom, signaling an evacuation after the call was received shortly before 10 p.m., the company's security said. But police later said there was no evidence of any explosives inside the building, the station reported.

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Don Lemon, who was on the air when the threat forced the abrupt end of his show, also tweeted out the news.

A preliminary search by security found nothing, and the NYPD was conducting a search as a precaution, the police official said.

Police have given the all-clear after a phoned in bomb threat forced the evacuation of CNN's offices in NY.

A day later they were evacuated again due to a suspicious package that was later declared as safe.

News of the threat was communicated earlier on Twitter by CNN anchor Brian Stetler.

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