LOS ANGELES—The national SAG-AFTRA offices located in Los Angeles and New York were evacuated on Tuesday, January 6, at 11:00 a.m. when a phone call was received by staff members threatening to bomb the actors union. A second Bomb threat was received three days later Thursday, January 9 by SAG-AFTRA and employees were released for the day.
A report was made to the Los Angeles Police Department at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Four LAPD squad cars arrived at the LA office at about 10:40 a.m. By 11:00 a.m. a helicopter hovered over the building as employees were evacuated. About 20 minutes later, employees received an email stating that it was safe to re-enter.
SAG-AFTRA employee tweeted at 10:42 Thursday morning:
“Second bomb threat this week at my work building. Currently evacuated for the second time and now I’m scared to come to work stay clear of the Sag AFTRA building in LA and NY both under threats.”
On Tuesday, Pam Greenwalt, a spokesperson for SAG-AFTRA said:
“We notified law enforcement and evacuated the buildings. Authorities in Los Angeles arrived on the scene, and after a thorough investigation, determined the building was safe to enter.”
Authorities searched the New York office and reported there was no evidence to support the bomb threat that was made Tuesday.
SAG-AFTRA is the largest union representing 160,000 announcers, actors, broadcaster journalists, dancers, disc jockeys, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists, and other media professionals.
The office in Los Angeles is located at 5757 Wilshire Blvd. The New York offices’ new location is 1900 Broadway, 5th Floor New York, NY 10023.
By Anita Brown and Christianne McCormick