All-clear given after brief evacuation at Trump Tower

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Trump Tower in New York City was evacuated on Tuesday afternoon after a “suspicious package” was found in the lobby, according to authorities.

Shortly after 5 p.m. local time, the New York Police Department reported that the situation at Trump Tower was “all clear.” The package was a bag with children’s toys, authorities said.

President-elect Donald Trump is currently in Florida.

The NYPD bomb squad responded to the situation “out of an abundance of caution,” J. Peter Donald, NYPD’s assistant commissioner for communication and public information, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

Trump Tower is a 58-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan on Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets. The skyscraper is currently used as the headquarters for the Trump Organization, houses Trump’s primary residence, and has been the primary site of Trump’s presidential transition efforts since his November election victory.

Traffic grinded to a halt after the evacuation on Tuesday afternoon, according to New York Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir, who reported that police closed Madison Avenue between 55th and 58th streets.

Here are some videos from the scene:

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Police are pushing touristsand reporters alike down the block, away from Trump Tower, whichwas just evacuated, 2016

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