Sunday, 16 December, 2018

CNN's New York Offices Evacuated Over Telephone Bomb Threat

People gather outside the Time Warner Center in New York. A police bomb squad was sent to CNN's offices in New York City and the newsroom was evacuated because of a suspicious package Explosive Devices New York USA- 24 Oct 2018 CREDIT Richard Drew AP REX Shutterstock
Melinda Barton | 07 December, 2018, 16:19

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.

The broadcaster said they have gone to taped programming in the meantime and Don Lemon's "CNN Tonight" has been taken off air.

The show was stopped as the building was evacuated.

Police tweeted that 25 Columbus Circle was evacuated, and that personnel swept the building and decided it was safe.

According to police, someone phoned in a threat stating there were five bombs placed throughout Time Warner Center.

Around midnight, CNN said police had given the all clear for people to go back into the building. They evacuated the studios out of caution.

Within the same hour as the bomb threat, President Donald Trump, who has made a political career of attacking CNN, had just tweeted about "fake news".

The roughly 90-minute drama recalled a similar evacuation in October after an explosive device was discovered at CNN's NY headquarters. Earlier in the night, Trump had lambasted the "fake news media" on Twitter as well, falsely claiming that reporters don't mention the Republican midterm gains in the Senate.

The network's bureau was evacuated in October after a package with an explosive device, addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, was discovered, officials said.