CNN’s New York Offices were evacuated on Thursday night in the middle of live programming after a bomb threat was made.
CNN's New York studio was evacuated Thursday night in the middle of live programming following an apparent bomb threat.
The NYPD, which shut down the area, confirmed the investigation on Twitter in one of the department's official accounts.
CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter wrote on Twitter that officers were looking into a "bomb threat near CNN's New York office at Columbus Circle." In its own report, CNN said alarms began ringing inside its New York newsroom about 10:30 p.m.
At the time of the evacuation, CNN anchor Don Lemon was on the air but was forced to leave the building.
"We were evacuated in the middle of my live show. Bomb threat," Lemon wrote on Twitter. 'We’re running taped programming. NYPD is investigating. Stay tuned. #cnn #nypd"
Lemon later called into the network as it returned to live programming about 11:20 p.m. He said that a person called the Time Warner Building and claimed there were five bombs inside.
The cable news giant's offices were evacuated — and live programming interrupted — in October after a man sent explosive devices to the network.
The NYPD is encouraging people to avoid the area as the situation continues to unfold.
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