Baltimore TV station returns to air after man crashes truck into lobby
May 13th, 2014
09:55 PM ET

Baltimore TV station returns to air after man crashes truck into lobby

By Brian Stelter, CNN

The biggest story in Baltimore Tuesday happened inside the headquarters of the city's ABC-affiliated station, WMAR, but for more than five hours, the station's reporters couldn't get on the air to cover it.

The station was evacuated around 11:45 a.m. after an unidentified man smashed a truck through the lobby and screamed that he was God. Police began an hours-long search of the building to find him. He was apprehended shortly after 4:30 p.m.

All the while, WMAR journalists could relay information only via Twitter and the station's website. By mid-afternoon, a makeshift newsroom had been set up about a mile north of the station - but the reporters still had no way to broadcast.

WMAR, known as Channel 2 locally, was broadcasting regularly scheduled, taped shows at the time of the intrusion. It continued to run on a television version of auto-pilot all afternoon ("The People's Court," "General Hospital," etc.) while two of its rivals, WJZ andWBAL, covered the breaking news story nonstop.


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