CNN's New York Offices Evacuated Over Telephone Bomb Threat

Erika Holt
December 8, 2018

Authorities are investigating a reported bomb threat at CNN's NY office.

Chris Cuomo also tweeted about the incident, but said employees expected to be allowed back into the building 'ASAP'.

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.

Fire alarm bells rang out through the building announcing it was being evacuated.

"We have closed the perimeter at Columbus Circle and cleared the building", New York Police Detective Hubert Reyes said.

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

The bomb threat was called in while CNN's Don Lemon was in mid-broadcast. When programming returned, a taped version of Anderson 360 began broadcasting. "We grabbed what we could and got out of the building and now, we are standing outside of the building", Lemon told his viewers.

After CNN resumed its live coverage, Lemon said that a "call was made from the southern part of the United States".

In August, New York Times reporter Kenneth Vogel received a voice message from an individual who referred to him as an "enemy of the people", the same language used by Trump, and threatened the journalist with an AK-47.

In October, the building was partially evacuated after a suspicious package containing a crude pipe bomb was delivered to the company.

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