The CNN offices in at the Time Warner Center in New York City have been evacuated due to a bomb threat. The offices and studios were vacated after an alarm bell rang at 10:30 pm EST, the news channel reports. Don Lemon’s CNN Tonight has been taken off air, and the network has switched to taped programs.
Numerous police and fire department trucks have blocked all vehicle and pedestrian traffic on West 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue due to a police investigation at Columbus Circle, where the Time Warner Center is located, the New York Police Department tweeted.
This October, CNN’s offices and studios were evacuated when Ceasar Sayoc Jr. sent a suspicious package that turned out to be a pipe bomb to the studios.
Update, 11:45 pm: Don Lemon, who was on air at the time the threat was made, is reporting from the street outside. He says a call was made to 911 from “the South of the United States” saying there were “up to five bombs” in the CNN building. The NYPD’s bomb squad has arrived.
Update, 11:58 am: According to reporter Brian Steinberg, CNN reports that they have been given the all clear.
This story is developing and will be updated.