Police give all clear after bomb threat at NY offices

Frederick Owens
December 7, 2018

Police and CNN have issued an all-clear message after the network's NY offices and studios were evacuated Thursday night because of a phoned-in bomb threat.

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed WNYC investigative reporter Jonathan Dienst for the latest.

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

CNN host Don Lemon tweeted, "We were evacuated in the middle of my live show" due to a bomb threat.

According to CNN, fire alarm bells rang inside the newsroom shortly after 10:30 p.m.

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"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. "We're running taped programming".

President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter "FAKE NEWS - THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!" as CNN were evacuating their offices during a bomb scare on Thursday December 6, 2018. We grabbed what we could and got out of the building and now, we are standing outside of the building, ' Lemon said on CNN.

After a sweep of the building, police did not find any explosives and employees were allowed back inside the building just after 11pm. It is unclear whether the threat was directed at CNN or another location close by.

A preliminary search by security found nothing, and the NYPD was conducting a search as a precaution, the police official said.

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