False alarm sends Conde Nast workers into hiding

September 25, 2010 11:21:56 AM PDT
Security officials at a New York office tower gave workers a scare when they inadvertently sent out an e-mail warning that a gunman was loose in the building.

The memo went out Friday afternoon in a skyscraper that houses the offices of several magazine publishers, including Reader's Digest, Conde Nast and The Economist.

The message warned workers that a gunman was in the building and that shots had been fired on the 10th floor. They were urged to get behind a locked door or lay down on the floor and keep quiet.

Building manager James Shanahan said that it was all a mistake and the memo was meant for a drill.

A few minutes later, another e-mail went out with an apology.

In the meantime, some workers locked themselves in a closet and others dialed 911.


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