iReporter Matthew Derby was vacationing in New York from Hawaii when he witnessed the Times Square evacuation and ongoing investigation of the car bomb found at the scene. He captured footage and filed to iReport. CNN talked to Derby on Sunday morning:
Derby says: "I was in the Times Square area and all the havoc kind of broke loose a little earlier before I got to the area, but they had 45th St. between 7th and 8th closed off. But when I entered times square, that's when things started getting really serious, with tons of police. They started closing more of the area, 46th, 47th. so I went into the McDonald's to grab a drink, since they started closing off the streets where my hotel was. The police started coming in and evacuating, so everyone from McDonald's had to leave. Then they started evacuating the whole Times Square Tkts area. They told everyone to go north. They were just saying, "Go north, go north," so everyone thought it was really really serious." Watch as police tell McDonald's customers to evacuate
"Police were being very cautious about what was going on. And they were actually very good, considering the crowd didn't know what was going on. The police did an excellent job. ... I think the New York police and firefighters and local authorities did an excellent job of securing the area. It was done fast, and efficiently. they handled the crowd very very well." Watch video of the streets blocked off
"A lot of people were shooting video and taking pictures. It's funny, Times square being so big ... but if you go down maybe three blocks past the blockade, a lot of the New Yorkers didn't even know what was happening. That's how big ... and small New York is."