May 1st, 2010
11:31 PM ET

NYC's Times Square shut down over suspicious car

Several blocks around New York's Times Square were closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic Saturday night after a police officer saw smoke emanating from a box inside a parked car, according to authorities.

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne told CNN that the shutdown began after a foot patrol officer passed by a Nissan Pathfinder with Connecticut plates on 45th Street between and 7th and 8th Avenues. Browne said the officer noticed a box inside the car with smoke coming out.

Browne said officials at the scene were using a robot to search inside the car. The police department's public information office said the box and other items found in the search are not confirmed at this time to be a bomb.

The Marriott Marquee Hotel wasn't allowing anyone to enter or leave the hotel Saturday night, and at least one nearby restaurant, TGI Friday's, had closed to customers and was evacuating staff.

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  1. Tanya

    I depend on CNN for some up to date coverage. Big fail CNN.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jimmy

    I also couldn't believe that NBC was coving this while Larry King reruns played on CNN. Fox picked it up before CNN also. Sad....

    May 2, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. lenny

    Okay, now let's ban all vehicular traffic from Times Square as we have in some areas of DC. Amazing how people and news organizations jump to conclusions so quickly. Now they are making comments about Al Qaeda on TV....if it was Al Qaeda, most likely it would have been successful-look at their record of "successes"

    May 2, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. USAFirst

    Strange that our intelligence agencies have been issuing warnings for New Delhi – 10000 miles away in India ........ yet had no clue this stuff was going down in NYC. Just glad that some restaurant owner was alert enough to notice this car and call police.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jeannie

    Glad CNN did not make a big deal out of something that ended up not being a big deal. Way to go CNN!!!

    May 2, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jens

    Has the CNN studio in TImes Square been evacuated? Is that why you aren't covering it on TV??

    May 2, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Moderate

    msnbc rocks!!!

    May 2, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. UsingBrain

    Get this on your damn front page with the oil spill. F@#$ flooding in Tennessee.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jeff

    The October 2006 Larry King with the Bush imposter is terrible......What, Barack have the week end off, no coverage of the real news.........UNREAL

    May 2, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Tony

    Check the Times #52!

    Police say it, ‘Appears to Be a Car Bomb’.

    You're an idiot. Preempt an LKL rerun for the closure of Times Square seems to be a no-brainer.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. gofigure

    Is America offically a third world country now? Lousy coverage CNN.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Joseph M

    I was in Times Square earlier this evening when they were first clearing the area.

    The place where the car is parked is just outside the Viacom Building. I don't know if it has anything to do with anything – but Viacom owns Comedy Central, which has been a target of threats in the past couple of weeks because of the recent South Park episodes.

    Related?

    May 2, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. CNNFail

    Literally every time I see a breaking news headline it is on MSNBC for a while before it's ever mentioned on CNN. I really suspect CNN of nitpicking the content they are willing to put out for us to read, and sometimes it seems as if they are just following behind other outlets because they don't want to feel irrelevant. Last night Kim Kardashian's burrito fiasco was the link ABOVE an article about the disastrous oil spill. Not to mention the whole article posted a few weeks ago on reporters who went to South America to try some new drug and chickened out...what in the?

    May 2, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Tony

    Goodbye to CNN as the 'go-to' for breaking news.

    Here's a shovel of dirt on the coffin of your journalistic responsibility as it lowers further into the ratings.

    What's worse is NY1 is running some sports show.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. alex

    Maybe CNN is not as paranoid as ALL of you. The crazy terrorist have already beaten all of you trying to watch this story 24/7 on all networks. And yes, congrats to FOX on the lead on this apparently. Keep your fear campaign going strong.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
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