Police look into chemical bomb threat at CNN Center in Atlanta

Police closed down the streets surrounding the CNN Center in Atlanta on November 2 after receiving a chemical bomb threat as part of an extortion plot called in that morning.

Just after 4 a.m., police received a call from someone claiming to have placed a chemical bomb somewhere on the campus of the CNN Center, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"He threatened to detonate that bomb, and demanded $15,000 and I believe an airline ticket out of town," Adam Lee, an Atlanta police captain, said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The police closed down the streets and sidewalks to vehicles and pedestrians. Several fire trucks and police vehicles were on the scene while the officers on hand searched for the purported chemical bomb, according to Associated Press.

The police completed the search by approximately 5:30 a.m. and reopened the roads.

Lee said the call was unusual for several reasons. The caller phoned the Zone 1 precinct, even though the CNN Center is located in Zone 5.

"He made a comment that he was wanted by the federal government for some sort of RICO violation," Lee said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Police are determining a motive for the call, but Lee said police would have responded the same way no matter what the motive.

"We take any call seriously," Lee said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The one time that you don't take a call seriously will probably be the one time you regret it."