CNN offices in New York City evacuated following bomb scare

Saul Bowman
December 8, 2018

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

A preliminary search by security found nothing, and the NYPD was conducting a search as a precaution, the police official said. "The building is secure and safe for everyone to return in the morning".

According to police, someone phoned in a threat stating there were five bombs placed throughout Time Warner Center. But police later said there was no evidence of any explosives inside the building, the station reported.

'We were told to evacuate the building and to do it as soon as possible. The network went to playing taped content instead of being live. "Onward", CNN anchor Christopher C. Cuomo tweeted.

"Basically the police are telling us it was an unsubstantiated telephone threat to the Time Warner Center", Dienst reported.

Police closed off 58th Street, where the Time Warner building housing the CNN headquarter is located.

The one sent to the CNN was addressed to former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, who is a contributor to MSNBC and NBC News but has no relation to CNN.

The roughly 90-minute drama recalled a similar evacuation in October after an explosive device was discovered at CNN's NY headquarters.

Suspect Cesar Sayoc, 56, was charged with five federal crimes and is now in custody waiting for trial. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

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