Thank goodness no one was hurt! This was just a false alarm but better safe than sorry. Let’s hope that this isn’t a reoccurring scene.
Trump Tower in New York was evacuated over a suspicious package sparking panic among the shoppers and vistors who were filmed fleeing the building.
The Manhattan tower, the home of President-Elect Trump and his family, was evacuated at just before 5pm on December 27.
The NYPD has now given the all-clear after they found the ‘suspicious package’ left in the lobby, near the entrance to a Nike Town store, was in fact a backpack full of children’s toys.
Trump was not inside the building during the security scare, according to reports. The real estate mogul is currently at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida with his family.
The evacuation, standard protocol for a suspicious package, highlights the difficulty security teams face in protecting the president-elect in the middle of the densley populated New York City.
Footage posted online showed people, many with bags of shopping, fleeing from the Tower to the street outside during the evacuation.
Dozens of spectators then crowded the streets outside the Fifth Avenue skyscraper as fire crews arrived at the scene. They were later ordered to move away from the building.
A witness told the AP that the crowd was ‘evacuated very quickly. It was hysteria.’
‘Police were shouting and telling people to leave,’ said Andy Martin, a 16-year-old from the New York City suburb of Huntington who was in Manhattan with family, according to the AP.
Emergency crews were called in and NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis said that by 5pm, the bag had been examined by a bomb squad and deemed safe.