April 28, 2016

WBFF in Baltimore was evacuated on Thursday after receiving threats, Christine Boynton reported for the station. News Director Mike Tomko met with the man who had reportedly made threats to another employee earlier.

‘Someone came into the front of the building and they apparently said that they had some information they wanted to get on the air,’ Tomko told reporters. ‘I came down at one point not knowing the person was in the lobby, near the vestibule area. He talked to me and was wearing what appears to be a full body white panda suit, surgical mask and sunglasses. He had a flash drive, said he had information he wanted to get on the air. He compared it to the information found in the Panama Papers. I told him, ‘I can’t let you in, you’re going to have to leave the flash drive here and slide it through the opening.’ He wouldn’t do that. Apparently he had made some threats before.’

The station and staffers are live-tweeting updates, including a vehicle fire in the parking lot and the arrival of bomb equipment. These tweets begin with the most recent updates:

Tim Prudente, Pamela Wood and David Zurawik covered the story for The Baltimore Sun.

He said employees were handling the situation well.

“They’re a little shaken but everybody’s safe,” he said.

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