Trump Tower had to be partially evacuated this afternoon as the NYPD and fire department were calling in to investigate a suspicious package.
After personnel at Trump Tower found what they believed to be a suspicious abandoned package they called the NYPD and FDNY who responded to the scene. Security has already been tightened in and around Trump tower since the election, with large dump trucks being used at times to create a barrier at the front entrance.
— Myles Miller (@MylesMill) December 27, 2016
A video taken by a witness shows people evacuating the building.
I think he’s here🙃 pic.twitter.com/Tnza5XKhYE
— Cielo (@cielo_celest) December 27, 2016
BREAKING: All clear at Trump Tower in #NYC — NYPD’s DCPI tells me that a suspicious package prompted evac — package was a bag of toys
— Kyle Mazza (@KyleMazzaWUNF) December 27, 2016
Reporters said a backpack was left in the lobby and the secret service asked fire and police units to respond. New York City officials said it was staging out of an abundance of caution.
President-elect Donald Trump wasn’t present at Trump Tower at the time of the evacuation as he is currently spending with his family at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. He also had no public events scheduled today.
Although this scenario ended up to be no actual threat, I’m sure this won’t be the last time we hear about Trump Tower being locked down or evacuated due to mysterious packages.