Bag of toys prompts evacuation of Trump Tower lobby

Bag of toys prompts evacuation of Trump Tower lobby

Trump Tower was briefly evacuated Tuesday afternoon after authorities discovered a suspicious package that was later determined to be a bag of children's toys.

The package was discovered in the lobby of the New York City skyscraper, where President-elect Donald Trump resides. He was in Florida at the time.
A video posted to Twitter by user @cielo_celest showed people dashing by elevators as a police officer swings his arm and yells, "Out! Out!"

New York Police Department Det. Hubert Reyes told CNN that the package was investigated by the department's bomb squad. The Secret Service was involved in the investigation as well, Reyes said.
"Suspicious package at Trump Tower has been examined by NYPD Bomb Squad. Deemed to be an unattended bag and safe," police tweeted. Earlier police spokesman J. Peter Donald tweeted the package was in the lobby.
Around the time of the evacuation Trump was posting on Twitter, saying, "President Obama campaigned hard (and personally) in the very important swing states, and lost.The voters wanted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

The city of New York is spending millions on security at the President-elect's building, costs it has asked the federal government to be reimbursed for, and the incident set off a Twitter spat.
Trump spokesman Sean Spicer tweeted shortly after the episode, "Back to work here at Trump Tower after a false alarm. Thanks NYPD."

The city of New York is spending millions on security at the President-elect's building, costs it has asked the federal government to be reimbursed for, and the incident set off a Twitter spat.
Trump spokesman Sean Spicer tweeted shortly after the episode, "Back to work here at Trump Tower after a false alarm. Thanks NYPD."

Eric Phillips, spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, tweeted in response, "No problem. We'll send you the bill."

That didn't sit well with Trump director of social media Dan Scavino, who retweeted the exchange with his own message: "Eric Phillips- Spokesperson for @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio- you are an embarrassment to the @NYCMayorsOffice & the amazing #NYPD."

Phillips responded, "That's not very nice, Dan. But about that bill ... work on it with us?"
Trump Tower is on Fifth Avenue between East 56th and East 57th streets in midtown Manhattan.
New York Mayor asks Obama, Congress for $35 million to protect Trump.


Trump Tower briefly evacuated due to suspicious package, police say

© KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images Guards provide security outside Trump Tower on 5th Avenue on December 18, 2016, in New York.
Trump Tower in Manhattan was briefly evacuated Tuesday afternoon due to a suspicious package, police said.

NYPD Assistant Commissioner for Communication and Public Information J. Peter Donald tweeted that the tower was all clear following the earlier suspicious package in the lobby.

He had said earlier that “out of an abundance of caution” the NYPD Bomb Squad was responding.

New York Police Department spokesman Stephen Davis said the backpack was found near the entrance to a Niketown store in the building. The bomb squad checked out the package and gave an “all clear” just after 5 p.m.

Video posted to social media appeared to show people running out of the building as they were being directed by police.

“We were evacuated very quickly. It was hysteria,” said Andy Martin, a 16-year-old from the New York City suburb of Huntington who was in Manhattan with family. “Police were shouting and telling people to leave.”  

President-elect Donald Trump lives in the tower and has his offices there, though he was at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida at the time.

Trump’s press secretary at the White House, Sean Spicer, tweeted following the incident thanking the NYPD.


Trump Tower Partially Evacuated Due to Suspicious Package

The lobby of Trump Tower was briefly evacuated Tuesday amid reports of a suspicious package found in the Manhattan skyscraper, sources said.

The NYPD gave the all clear after investigating the suspicious backpack that was left in the lobby, which they determined contained children's toys.

NYPD and FDNY officials were called to the scene in midtown. The evacuation was protocol for a suspicious package and does not necessarily indicate how serious the situation is.

Footage from outside the tower shows the stream of people leaving the building.

President-elect Donald Trump is currently in Florida at his Mar-a-Lago estate with members of his family.

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