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  • CNN evacuated its New York City office on Wednesday amid
    reports of a suspicious package.
  • The news came amid reports that explosive devices were sent
    to the home of former President Bill and former Secretary of
    State Hillary Clinton, and the home of former President Barack
    Obama.

CNN’s office in New York City was evacuated on Wednesday amid
reports of a suspicious package, authorities and employees said.

The network was broadcasting live when a fire alarm went off in
the Time Warner Center in midtown Manhattan.

Footage showed anchors Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow explaining
that a fire alarm had gone off, while employees could be seen
leaving the studio. They cut to commercial.

CNN reporters tweeted photos showing a heavy police response at
the scene:

The NYPD advised people to avoid the
Columbus Circle area due to the heavy police activity there.

“Officers are investigating a suspicious package in Columbus
Circle,” the NYPD tweeted. “Please avoid the area.
Expect a police presence and heavy traffic in the area.”

CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, told employees in a statement that the package was
received in the building’s mailroom, and he is “working with
authorities to determine the severity of the situation.” 

He added that the network is checking all of its bureaus around
the world “out of a complete abundance of caution.”

The incident came amid news that the Secret Service had intercepted explosive devices
mailed to the residences of Bill and Hillary Clinton, in
Chappaqua, New York, and former President Barack Obama in
Washington, DC.

“The Secret Service has initiated a full scope criminal
investigation that will leverage all available federal, state,
and local resources to determine the source of the packages and
identify those responsible,” the Secret Service said in a
statement.

The news comes two days after a similar device was found at
billionaire Democratic donor George Soros’ home in Bedford, New
York.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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