CNN Of­fices Evac­u­ated Af­ter Bomb Threat


NEW YORK (Dis­patches) - CNN’s New York of­fices were evac­u­ated Thurs­day night af­ter a bomb threat, but no ex­plo­sive was found and po­lice later gave the all clear, the net­work said.

The roughly 90 minute drama re­called a sim­i­lar evac­u­a­tion in Oc­to­ber af­ter an ex­plo­sive de­vice was dis­cov­ered at CNN’s New York head­quar­ters.

Fire alarm bells rang in­side the news­room to sig­nal an evac­u­a­tion shortly af­ter 10:30 pm, CNN said on its web­site, as the net­work went to pre-taped pro­gram­ing.

An hour later the net­work was broad­cast­ing from Skype.

“Peo­ple just tun­ing in won­der­ing why you’re see­ing me on Skype, why there’s such tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties, it’s be­cause we have been taken off the air be­cause a bomb threat was called in to CNN,” said host Don Lemon.

“We were evac­u­ated and we know as much as you do.”

“Due to a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion at Columbus Cir­cle, West 58th Street be­tween 8th and 9th Av­enue is closed to ve­hi­cle and pedes­trian traf­fic,” the New York Po­lice Depart­ment tweeted, re­fer­ring to the ad­dress of the news or­ga­ni­za­tion’s of­fices. “Please avoid this area. Up­date to fol­low.”

Around mid­night, CNN said po­lice had given the all clear for peo­ple to go back into the build­ing.

The bureau was pre­vi­ously evac­u­ated in Oc­to­ber af­ter a pack­age with an ex­plo­sive de­vice was dis­cov­ered.

CNN was tar­geted amid a wave of pipe bombs sent to op­po­nents of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

A Florida man named Ce­sar Sayoc was ar­rested for al­legedly send­ing them and was in­dicted on 30 fed­eral counts. He faces up to life in prison if con­victed.

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