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Bomb threat interrupts CNN live programme, forcing evacuation

Press Trust of India  |  New York 

studio was evacuated Thursday night in the middle of a live programme following a phoned-in bomb threat, according to the network.

The threat came Thursday night when a caller indicated there were five devices in the building, according to a

Several fire alarm bells rang inside CNN's newsroom, signalling an evacuation after the call was received shortly before 10 pm, the company's security said.

Staffers evacuated the offices in the Center building and Don Lemon's "Tonight," which had been on a commercial break, was taken off the air.

The network temporarily went to taped programming for about half hour before going live from the street while police investigated.

The (NYPD) said that about 10:07 pm."a bomb threat was called into the Center & the building was evacuated." The surrounding area, which includes the studios and a number of shops, was shut down.

An all-clear was confirmed just before midnight after the NYPD conducted a floor-by-floor sweep of the building.

"Out of the abundance of caution, 25 Columbus Circle was evacuated," the NYPD wrote on one of its official accounts at 11:54 p.m.

confirmed in a statement that a bomb threat had been called into its New York offices and employees had been evacuated.

As of 11:53 pm, Lemon said the department had issued the all clear and he and his colleagues would begin to re-enter the building and continue his show from the studio.

"It's kind of a repeat situation of what happened back in October," Lemon said. "These are the times that we are living in where you're having bomb threats called into companies and called into offices and disrupting people's lives."

The network's New York studios were evacuated in October after a man sent an to the network. Another device addressed to the giant's headquarters in was intercepted at a postal facility.

CNN and some of his other colleagues speculated that the NYPD had such a large response because the network has been a target of anti-invective.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 12:00 IST