All clear after bomb threat forces evacuation at CNN

Pauline Gross
December 7, 2018

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday night to attack the media at the same time a bomb threat was called in to New York City's Time Warner Center, home to the CNN offices, which were evacuated.

The call was made at around 10pm Eastern time (3am Friday morning United Kingdom time) as CNN switched briefly to pre-taped programming before cutting to live shots of newscasters, employees and onlookers standing behind police barricades outside the building.

The caller reportedly claimed there were five bombs in the building.

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

CNN said several fire alarm bells signaling an evacuation rang inside its newsroom shortly after 10:30pm.

Before allowing employees to return to work, the NYPD confirmed that a police investigation was taking place at Columbus Circle but said that the threat had not yet been substantiated.

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"It's kind of a repeat situation of what we went through in October", Lemon said on CNN.

A bomb squad, police cars and emergency vehicles were rushed to the scene. "Bomb threat", Lemon tweeted.

CNN was also evacuated in October after a package with an explosive device, addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, was discovered.

"The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it's TRUE", he tweeted in August.

"NYPD is going through our building", Lemon said, pointing to police officers lined up down the block, about 100 feet from the entrance of the building.

The suspect, Cesar Sayoc, of Florida, was arrested and indicted on more than 30 federal counts, including use of a weapon of mass destruction, and he faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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