Police give all clear after bomb threat at NY offices

Police give all clear after bomb threat at NY offices

"Right now CNN is airing taped programming due to the disruption".

The network's Don Lemon was hosting "CNN Tonight" when the threat came in about 10:07 p.m. EST.

"Due to a police investigation at Columbus Circle, West 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue is closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic", the New York Police Department tweeted, referring to the address of the news organization's offices.

Initial reports conflicted about the precise time of the bomb threat itself, raising questions about whether Trump's tweet might have instigated the attack.

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CNN's NY offices and studios have been evacuated due to a phoned bomb threat, the company says. The NYPD said they were investigating.

A bomb squad was on standby outside the building as police officers search the offices, a law enforcement source said.

Lemon said he was in the middle of preparations for his show when the order to evacuate was issued. But police later said there was no evidence of any explosives inside the building, the station reported. They evacuated the studios out of caution. "FAKE NEWS - THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!" the tweet said.

In October, CNN was targeted in a wave of pipe bombs mailed to the network as well as to prominent critics of President Donald Trump. Earlier in the night, Trump had lambasted the "fake news media" on Twitter as well, falsely claiming that reporters don't mention the Republican midterm gains in the Senate.

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