CNN offices in NY evacuated due to 'bomb threat'

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Police have given the all-clear after a phoned in bomb threat forced the evacuation at the offices of the U.S. cable channel, CNN, in NY.

"Due to a police investigation at Columbus Circle, West 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue is closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic".

Police are investigating a fake bomb threat at the building housing CNN's NY offices in Manhattan.

The caller who phoned in the threat claimed there were five bombs inside the building, New York's WNBC-TV reported, citing a police source.

Several fire alarm bells rang inside CNN's NY newsroom, signaling an evacuation after the call was received shortly before 10 p.m., the company's security said. The network went to playing taped content instead of being live. Employees have been evacuated and the NYPD is investigating.

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Within the same hour as the bomb threat, President Donald Trump, who has made a political career of attacking CNN, had just tweeted about "fake news". "NYPD is going through our building", Lemon said, pointing to police officers lined up down the block, about 100 feet from the entrance of the building.

Using Stelter's iPhone to broadcast live, he and Lemon reported on the unfolding event outside CNN's evacuated offices.

That package was addressed to former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan.

"The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it's TRUE", he tweeted in August.

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