No devices found after bomb threat evacuates CNN in New York

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NEW YORK CITY (NBC News) A building in New York City that includes CNN was evacuated because of a phoned-in bomb threat Thursday night, but no devices were found, according to police and reporters at the network.

The New York Police Department tweeted that a bomb threat was called into the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, where CNN is located, and that police searched the building.


The department gave the "all clear" shortly before midnight and said it was reopened.


A police spokesman said the phoned-in threat claimed there were five devices planted around the building, and an NYPD sergeant in consultation with CNN security decided to evacuate the building as a precaution. A preliminary search by security and their dogs found nothing, and the NYPD conducted a search.

Brian Stelter, a reporter for the network, said on Twitter that the offices were evacuated and that CNN went into taped programming.

CNN host Don Lemon tweeted, "We were evacuated in the middle of my live show" due to a bomb threat.


CNN went to live programming from another location, and Lemon said in a phone interview with the network that not only did the threat disrupt his program but “it’s also disrupted the entire neighborhood.”*