<figure> <img src="https://cdni.rt.com/files/static.en/article/breaking.jpg"> <figcaption> / <span class="copyright">Free</span></figcaption> </figure> <strong>The CNN office in New York has been evacuated due to a bomb threat, anchor Don Lemon has tweeted. Police are on the scene, while the station runs recorded programming.</strong>
Police have closed off 58th Street, where the Time Warner building housing the CNN headquarter is located.
Alarm bells went off in the CNN newsroom after 10:30 pm Thursday, signaling the evacuation.
After CNN resumed its live coverage, Lemon said that a “call was made from the southern part of the United States.” The caller said there were as many as five bombs planted in the building, according to the anchor.
The staff were told to immediately vacate the premises. “We grabbed what we could and go out of the building and now we’re standing out front there,” Lemon said.
A bomb squad, police cars and emergency vehicles were rushed to the scene.
It didn’t take long for some people to link the bomb threat to US President Donald Trump and his war of words with mainstream media. Less than an hour before the threat was phoned in to the CNN, Trump had tweeted “FAKE NEWS – ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” The tweet does not mention CNN by name, but “fake news” is his go-to description of every mainstream outlet, CNN included.
The bomb alert comes less than two months after CNN offices at the Time Warner Center were similarly evacuated due to what later turned out to be a pipe bomb, sent by Trump supporter Cesar Sayoc. Prominent democrats, including ex-US President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, mega donor George Soros, former Attorney General Eric Holder received similar packages. Sayoc, who was tracked down to Florida and arrested on October 26, faces life in prison for sending at least 16 mail bombs in total.
While none of the devices had actually detonated, the FBI said that they were not dummies. The one sent to the CNN was addressed to former CIA director John Brennan, who is a contributor to MSNBC and NBC News but has no relation to CNN.
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