KABC/Channel 7 devoted its 4 p.m. newscast this afternoon to a story that literally hit home for the station. A bomb scare forced the evacuation of the station, located in Glendale, along with a few nearby buildings on Disney's Grand Central Creative Campus.
That means the station had to hustle and broadcast live from nearby Flower St., utilizing live trucks and the station's helicopter. The broadcast broke for commercials, but otherwise it was wall-to-wall coverage from the street.
"Our plan worked," Rebecca Campbell, the head of ABC's owned-and-operated stations, told anchors David Ono and Ellen Leyva. "We have a job to do, and our viewers are being served as we stand here and are a part of the story. We'll be talking about this tomorrow, for sure." Meanwhile, meteorologist Dallas Raines -- the hippest man you can have at a bomb scare -- tried to get Campbell to do the "Dallas Dip." And yes, he referenced it as the "Dallas Dip."
Campbell noted she had experienced a similar situation at ABC's Philadelphia station WPVI, when a water main break forced that station to broadcast outside.
"This is insane," anchor Mark Brown said. Meanwhile, Raines gave his weather forecast with the help of an iPad and ABC7's weather app. (Below)
By 5 p.m., the all-clear sign was given, and the station resumed regular newscasts.
A few Tweets from the KABC/ABC7 team:
Not kidding. A bomb threat @ABC7 has us setting up for an outdoor newscast at 4pm pic.twitter.com/b8gqvVqG70— Danny Romero (@ABC7Danny) September 30, 2015
We've been evacuated due to a bomb threat. Doing the 4pm on the streets of glendale! @ABC7 crazy! pic.twitter.com/wbmdAJJaLh— David Ono (@ABC7DavidOno) September 30, 2015
Breaking news: there's a bomb threat to @ABC7. We've evacuated our building. Police have Flower St. shutdown. pic.twitter.com/RiuxGPbtpe— Melissa MacBride (@ABC7Melissa) September 30, 2015