CNN’s New York studio was evacuated Thursday night in the
middle of a live programme following a phoned-in bomb threat,
according to the news network. The threat came Thursday night
when a caller indicated there were five devices in the
building, according to a law enforcement source. Several fire
alarm bells rang inside CNN’s New York newsroom, signalling an
evacuation after the call was received shortly before 10 pm,
the company’s security said.
Staffers evacuated the CNN New York offices in the Time Warner
Center building and Don Lemon’s “CNN Tonight,” which had been
on a commercial break, was taken off the air. The network
temporarily went to taped programming for about half hour
before going live from the street while police investigated.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) said that about 10:07
pm.”a bomb threat was called into the Time Warner Center &
the building was evacuated.” The surrounding area, which
includes the studios and a number of shops, was shut down.
An all-clear was confirmed just before midnight after the NYPD
conducted a floor-by-floor sweep of the building. “Out of the
abundance of caution, 25 Columbus Circle was evacuated,” the
NYPD wrote on one of its official Twitter accounts at 11:54
p.m. CNN confirmed in a statement that a bomb threat had been
called into its New York offices and employees had been
As of 11:53 pm, Lemon said the department had issued the all
clear and he and his colleagues would begin to re-enter the
building and continue his show from the studio. “It’s kind of a
repeat situation of what happened back in October,” Lemon said.
“These are the times that we are living in where you’re having
bomb threats called into media companies and called into
offices and disrupting people’s lives.”
The network’s New York studios were evacuated in October after
a man sent an explosive device to the network. Another device
addressed to the news giant’s headquarters in Atlanta was
intercepted at a postal facility. CNN Crime and Justice
reporter Shimon Prokupecz and some of his other colleagues
speculated that the NYPD had such a large response because the
network has been a target of anti-media invective.