First hand account of the situation in Sydney's CBD
On a normal day, the journalists in our newsroom are on the phones interviewing others; today the calls were coming through to us.
Family members and friends phoned as news of the siege at Martin Place began to unfold.
Many of us stepped away from our desks to reassure concerned loved-ones of our safety; some also warned friends who work nearby of the danger.
We don't have a view of the café from here but the lack of planes on the usual flight paths and cars passing over Anzac Bridge act as a constant reminder of what is happening a few blocks up. Nearby streets were cordoned off by police, and businesses shut shop for the day.
Colleagues shared news updates over partitions and many congregated around the television downstairs in the foyer.
People on other levels of our building left the city - many deciding it would be safer to work from home rather than stay.
Several of our colleagues have friends and family much closer to the exclusion zone, so we also made calls of our own to ensure the ongoing safety of loved ones.
There is still some apprehension for those yet to leave the office - many worried about not only their safety, but how they are going to get home.
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