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. Jayden,FL

    Would you fools in HQ's wake up and Cover the damn story!!!

    May 2, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Kevin Keiser

    How is this not breaking news? CNN is definitely not my first choice when it comes to the news, and after tonight is no longer a meaningful news source to me.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. ro

    cnn SHOULD PROVIDE WIDER COVERAGE AS THIS IS A HEADLINE STORY THAT IS
    FAR MORE IMPORTANT TO NEW YORKERS & AMERICAN CITIZENS AT LARGE
    THAN OTHER STORIES DISPLAYED & AS WE ARE CONCERNED W/OUR SAFETY FIRST & FOREMOST !

    May 2, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Paulie

    oogle NYC immigration rally to get an idea what was going on there today and who was there.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Paulie

    Google NYC immigration rally to get an idea what was going on there today and who was there.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Andy

    That sure is a pretty bird on the main page.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. stacey

    I wonder is there's any connection between this and the flight from Chicago to Philly that a bomb threat on board was detected. Makes you wonder.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Humbug

    Well we know at least one of Obama's SWAT teams didn't make it to an oil rig.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. july

    Maybe all the CNN "reporters" are in Michigan

    May 2, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. andrew

    Actually if it is an actual bomb why would it be smoking? I mean are we still living in the 19th century where people light fuses on sticks of dynamites to blow thing up?

    We are so paranoid nowadays we have even crossed the line between logic and spaghetti westerns! I weep for our society!

    May 2, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Leon

    CNN is becoming the puppet of progressive liberals – a terrorist incident in Times Square and a mere 4 sentences buried in the small news?? It's not all oil spills out there people.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. scottpenton

    Did the producer's at cnn fall asleep? Someone will be fired there, both Fox and MSNBC have complete 'breaking news' coverage, as well as all over twitter, and CNN has a repeat of larry king from 4 years ago?!! really, and HLN has Joy behr? wow. This time CNN FAIL.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Miguel

    WOW! I come to CNN for EVERYTHING.. and how in the world did I hear about the bomb scare on FACEBOOK first that CNN!!.. very disappointing!!!!

    May 2, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. PissedOffNY'er

    I guess CNN doesn't think this is news... I mean really? This is all your reporters were able to gather? So if its not 9/11 type terrorism then it doesn't matter.... is that what it is CNN? Do buildings have to come down for you guys to cover the story? Terrorism is Terrorism whether its a failed attempt or not... You guys really dropped the ball on this one.... I'm very dissapointed.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Paulie

    Here check out what was going on there today........http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad dot com/atlas_shrugs/2010/05/proillegal-immigration-rally-nyc.html

    you need to replace the word dot with a dot obviously

    May 2, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
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