NEW YORK - Police hastily cleared the lobby of Trump Tower on Tuesday to investigate an unattended backpack, only to find that the bag contained children's toys.
Suspicious package at Trump Tower has been examined by NYPD Bomb Squad. Deemed to be an unattended bag and safe. pic.twitter.com/0vcyDi8TMA— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 27, 2016
Video taken by a bystander and posted on Twitter showed people running through the lobby for the exits.
I think he's here🙃 pic.twitter.com/Tnza5XKhYE— Cielo (@cielo_celest) December 27, 2016
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.
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.
"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."