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All clear after bomb threat forces evacuation of CNN offices

December 7, 2018 GMT

              Journalist Brian Stelter, center, speaks with CNN news anchor Don Lemon after they were forced to leave their New York headquarters at the Time Warner Center Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, after a bomb threat was called into the building and occupants were evacuated, including CNN employees. Lemon said fire alarms rang and a loudspeaker told them they needed to evacuate during his live show. The building was later determined to be safe and people were able to reenter. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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Journalist Brian Stelter, center, speaks with CNN news anchor Don Lemon after they were forced to leave their New York headquarters at the Time Warner Center Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, after a bomb threat was called into the building and occupants were evacuated, including CNN employees. Lemon said fire alarms rang and a loudspeaker told them they needed to evacuate during his live show. The building was later determined to be safe and people were able to reenter. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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Journalist Brian Stelter, center, speaks with CNN news anchor Don Lemon after they were forced to leave their New York headquarters at the Time Warner Center Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, after a bomb threat was called into the building and occupants were evacuated, including CNN employees. Lemon said fire alarms rang and a loudspeaker told them they needed to evacuate during his live show. The building was later determined to be safe and people were able to reenter. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

NEW YORK (AP) — Police have given the all-clear after a phoned in bomb threat forced the evacuation of CNN’s offices in New York.

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

Police said the building was evacuated and building security did a preliminary search. Police units then swept the building with the NYPD bomb squad on standby.

Outside the building, CNN’s Brian Stelter and Don Lemon continued to broadcast. Lemon said fire alarms rang and a loudspeaker told them they needed to evacuate during his live show.

In October, the building was partially evacuated after a suspicious package containing a crude pipe bomb was delivered to the company.