CNN’s New York offices and studios were evacuated on Thursday evening due to a phoned bomb threat, CNN reported.
“Several fire alarm bells rang inside CNN’s New York newsroom, signaling an evacuation shortly after 10:30 p.m.,” the news outlet reported.
Don Lemon’s “CNN Tonight” was abruptly taken off the air as staffers evacuated the building.
The CNN bomb scare tonight happened while Don Lemon was live on air. The show cuts to an abrupt break at about 10:37 PM EST
You can watch it here pic.twitter.com/DPcWq9TAfW
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) December 7, 2018
“We were evacuated in the middle of my live show. Bomb threat. We’re running taped programming. NYPD is investigating. Stay tuned,” Lemon tweeted shortly after the evacuation.
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) December 7, 2018
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.
The network’s bureau in the Time Warner Center was evacuated in October after a package with an explosive device, addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, was discovered, officials said.