CNN Headquarters Evacuated, Live Broadcast Interrupted, Over Suspicious Package

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber is a senior reporter for The Epoch Times based in Maryland. He covers U.S. and world news.
October 24, 2018Updated: October 24, 2018

The CNN headquarters at Time Warner Center in New York City was evacuated on Oct. 24, after a suspicious package was received.

“The NYPD is responding to a suspicious device discovered at the Time Warner Center, where CNN is based, in New York, according to a law enforcement source. The CNN bureau has evacuated as a precaution,” CNN said on Wednesday morning.

Video footage showed a live broadcast from the center interrupted by the evacuation order, forcing CNN workers to exit the building and stand on the street as police officers analyzed the package.

CNN was discussing the packages as the evacuation cut short the broadcast and forced the news channel to switch to its Washington studio.

The package came after multiple packages were intercepted late Tuesday into Wednesday, including one sent to the home of Hillary and Bill Clinton in New York, one addressed to former president Barack Obama’s home in Washington.

The Secret Service said that the packages were intercepted during routine mail screening and posed no danger to the intended recipients.

The packages came weeks after multiple packages that tested positive for the poison ricin and contained ground castor beans—which are used to make the poison—were intercepted by officials. They were addressed to Pentagon officials and President Donald Trump, respectively. A Utah man was arrested after an investigation.

Other packages that allegedly contained ricin have recently been sent recently to Republican, including the home of Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and an office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

The package sent to Collins’s home forced an evacuation and triggered a large response.

It came just before a New York man was arrested and charged with leaving voicemails at the offices of two officials, later identified as Collins and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). The man threatened to kill them if they voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.