Trump Tower Evacuated After Unattended Bag of Toys Sparks Suspicious Package Probe
The situation is now safe, says the NYPD of Donald Trump's NYC building.
Trump Tower was evacuated after police were called to Donald Trump's Manhattan headquarters to investigate a suspicious package Tuesday.
The entire Fifth Avenue building was in the process of being evacuated around 4:30 p.m. as NYDP and FDNY came onto the scene, the NYPD told The Hollywood Reporter. Police discovered an unattended bag and deemed the situation to be "all clear" by 5:20 p.m.
"Suspicious package at Trump Tower has been examined by NYPD Bomb Squad. Deemed to be an unattended bag and safe," posted the NYPD from its official Twitter account.
Police later said the bag in question was a backpack containing children's toys. Spokesman Stephen Davis said it was found near the entrance to a Nike Town store in the building.
News of the evacuation first surfaced on Twitter when witnesses took to the social media platform to say they were being told to leave the building. One witness said security was descending on the building and that it was being evacuated. Another posted a video showing people running out of the lobby as a guard yelled at them to exit.
The president-elect, who lives in the tower, is currently at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida for the holidays.
The amount of security Trump Tower has is insane. The whole block is being evacuated at the moment— Cielo (@cielo_celest) December 27, 2016
They just made everybody clear Trump Tower.... wtf is going on— Michiru Kaioh (@ANiceBreaseOut) December 27, 2016
Police are pushing tourists and reporters alike down the block, away from Trump Tower, which was just evacuated pic.twitter.com/Cn7YUsp7Et— Noah Hurowitz (@NoahHurowitz) December 27, 2016
As the situation was unfolding, Trump took to Twitter to again respond to President Barack Obama's claim that he would have won the 2016 election if he had been elligible to run.
"President Obama campaigned hard (and personally) in the very important swing states, and lost," tweeted Trump. "The voters wanted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"
At 5:45 p.m., Trump's incoming press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted they were back to work at Trump Tower after the false alarm and thanked the NYPD.