Bomb threat in­ter­rupts ‘CNN’ live pro­gramme, forc­ing evac­u­a­tion

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CA­BLE News Net­work’s (‘CNN’s) New York stu­dio was evac­u­ated on Thurs­day night in the mid­dle of a live pro­gramme fol­low­ing a phoned-in bomb threat, ac­cord­ing to the news net­work.

The threat came on Thurs­day night when a caller in­di­cated there were five de­vices in the build­ing, ac­cord­ing to a law en­force­ment source.

Sev­eral fire alarm bells rang in­side ‘CNN’’s New York news­room, sig­nalling an evac­u­a­tion af­ter the call was re­ceived shortly be­fore 10 pm, the com­pany’s se­cu­rity said.

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.

The net­work tem­po­rar­ily went to taped pro­gram­ming for about half hour be­fore go­ing live from the street while po­lice in­ves­ti­gated. The New York Po­lice Depart­ment (NYPD) said that about 10:07 pm a bomb threat was called into the Time Warner Cen­ter & the build­ing was evac­u­ated.

The sur­round­ing area, which in­cludes the stu­dios and a num­ber of shops, was shut down. An all-clear was con­firmed just be­fore mid­night af­ter the NYPD con­ducted a floor-by-floor sweep of the build­ing.

“Out of the abun­dance of cau­tion, 25 Columbus Cir­cle was evac­u­ated,” the NYPD wrote on one of its of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­counts at 11:54 p.m. ‘CNN’ con­firmed in a state­ment that a bomb threat had been called into its New York of­fices and em­ploy­ees had been evac­u­ated.

“It’s kind of a re­peat sit­u­a­tion of what hap­pened back in Oc­to­ber,” Lemon said. “These are the times that we are liv­ing in where you’re hav­ing bomb threats called into me­dia com­pa­nies and called into of­fices and dis­rupt­ing peo­ple’s lives.” The net­work’s New York stu­dios were evac­u­ated in Oc­to­ber af­ter a man sent an ex­plo­sive de­vice to the net­work.

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