Police investigating telephone bomb threat at CNN offices

Police investigating telephone bomb threat at CNN offices

Police investigating telephone bomb threat at CNN offices

The Time Warner building, including the CNN's NY offices and studios were evacuated Thursday after receiving a phoned bomb threat.

The area - around 59th Street and Central Park West in midtown Manhattan - was closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic while authorities investigate, police said, adding that a bomb squad had been called in.

Communications tweeted that a bomb threat was phoned into the company's NY office.

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.

Police said a man with a southern accent called CNN just after 10 pm local time on Thursday and said five bombs had been placed throughout the facility inside the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle.

CNN said several fire alarm bells signaling an evacuation rang inside its newsroom shortly after 10:30 p.m.

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The network is airing taped programming due to the disruption, including "Anderson Cooper 360" on the East Coast. Employees have been evacuated and the NYPD is investigating.

Police gather outside the Time Warner Center after an explosive device was sent to the CNN offices on 24 October 2018 in New York City.

'We were told to evacuate the building and to do it as soon as possible.

"We were evacuated and we know as much as you do".

This is a developing story - more to come.

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