All clear given after CNN’s New York offices evacuated due to bomb threat
NEW YORK — CNN’s New York offices and studios were evacuated late Thursday night because of a phoned-in bomb threat, the company said.
The threat came Thursday night when a caller indicated there were five devices in the building, according to a law enforcement source. NYPD gave the all clear at about midnight ET.
Several fire alarm bells rang inside CNN’s New York newsroom, signaling an evacuation shortly after the call was received.
Staffers evacuated the CNN New York offices in the Time Warner Center building and Don Lemon’s “CNN Tonight,” which had been on a commercial break, was taken off the air and the network temporarily went to taped programming.
“We were told to evacuate the building and to do it as soon as possible. We grabbed what we could and got out of the building and now, we are standing outside of the building,” Lemon said.
“All of the employees, all the people who were in the building as we were doing our live broadcast are out of the Time Warner Center now,” he added.
Numerous police and fire department trucks have blocked all vehicle and pedestrian traffic 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.
A bomb squad is on standby outside the building as police officers search the offices, a law enforcement source said.
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.
That package was among more than a dozen improvised explosive devices sent to prominent Democratic politicians and donors around the country in October. None of the devices detonated, and no one was injured.
Suspect Cesar Sayoc, 56, was charged with five federal crimes and is currently in custody waiting for trail. If convicted, he could receive up to 48 years in prison.