CNN studios and offices evacuated over bomb threat

Lamar Ellis
December 7, 2018

Standing outside their offices, CNN's Brian Stelter, Lemon and Shimon Prokupecz used Stelter's iPhone and his wireless phone signal to dial in on air. In the meantime, the network has gone to taped programming.

The NYPD tweeted Thursday night that West 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue was closed due to "a police investigation".

"Right now CNN is airing taped programming due to the disruption".

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

The building was evacuated in the middle of Don Lemon's live show, the anchor said.

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The caller who phoned in the threat claimed there were five bombs inside the building, New York's WNBC-TV reported, citing a police source. It is unclear whether the threat was directed at CNN or another location close by.

The New York Police Department tweeted that they were responding to Columbus Circle, where CNN is located, and urged people to avoid the area. The NYPD later issued an all-clear and said pedestrian traffic was reopened.

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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.

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