May 7th, 2010
06:06 PM ET

All-clear given in Times Square scare

Police have blocked off parts of Times Square and evacuated people because of a suspicious cooler left in Times Square.

[Updated at 6:06 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated at 2:32 p.m.] Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York acknowledged after that incident that terrorists have targeted New York.

"We have to take every precaution, as you know, because we remain a prime target for terrorists," he said. "That's something all New Yorkers understand and it's something that we need Washington to understand as well."

"We will continue to doing everything we possibly can to protect New Yorkers from terrorist attacks. We have, as you know, built the most comprehensive and sophisticated counter terrorism operation of any local police force in the world."

[Updated at 2:24 p.m.] An all-clear was declared Friday after authorities investigated a suspicious package left in front of a hotel in Times Square and determined that it contained water bottles, police said.

[Updated at 2:10 p.m.] The New York Police Department has deployed a robot to X-ray the cooler that was abandoned in front of the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square, police told CNN's Susan Candiotti.

[Updated at 2:15 p.m.] A bomb squad robot has completed its X-ray of the suspicious cooler left in Times Square, CNN's Susan Candiotti reported. But, the results were inconclusive.

Members of the bomb squad are now suiting up to get a closer look.

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[Updated at 2:01 p.m.] CNN's Ali Velshi who is on 47th Street and Broadway reports: "Times Square is entirely empty" on certain blocks.

[Updated at 1:58 p.m.] Kathy Duffy, who is in her office at the Marriott Marquis hotel, told CNN the Times Square Alliance said there was an abandoned cooler left outside. Duffy said officials told her that the bomb squad was trying to determine if it was a threat. She said that the hotel has not been told to evacuate.

[Updated at 1:51 p.m.] A spokesman for the Times Square Alliance says, according to the NYPD, the following streets are closed:

  • East bound on 46th Street from 8th Ave
  • West bound on 45th Street from 6th Ave.
  • And the Broadway and 7th Avenue plaza between 44th and 47th.
  • 44th and 47th Streets themselves are not closed.

[Updated at 1:45 p.m.] The suspicious package that prompted evacuations in New York's Times Square is a white cooler that was left near the front of the Marriott Marquis Hotel, police told CNN.

The area is not far from where Faisal Shahzad left his SUV that had explosives in it.

People were evacuated from the streets of Times Square after a report of a suspicious package.

[Posted at 1:24 p.m.] Times Square has been evacuated after a suspicious package was found near 45th street, a New York Police Department official said.

The package was found near 45th Street and Broadway, officials said.

The evacuation comes six days after an SUV with explosives was left in Times Square resulting in the arrest of Faisal Shahzad.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as we get it.

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  1. Michael

    So far there are 138 comments on a story that provides no news or informations. As usual most of the comments are ill informed and idiotic. These forums are out of control. Perhaps you should know what is going on before making stupid statements.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. rightelbow

    What if everyone leave a garbage bag on a street corner every day.
    This happens...? Overtime pay for city folks.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Not a New Yorker

    Another reason why New York sucks...

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Josh

    We have nothing to fear! Jack Bauer is probably there to save the day.... Right...?

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Joe

    Return address just said "L.T." – does anyone know what this could mean?

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Norm

    Oh boy...here come the copy cats.
    We need to put up more cameras on key target areas like this.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. JamMan

    Hey Skeeter!

    It can't be paranioa because the the threat is REAL!!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. jim in kirkland

    i'd be shocked if it was a bomb.

    what if it was full of cookies? man, that'd suck. i like cookies.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. me

    turns out it was just a large box of Obama Condoms...anyone that walks through times square should get that one.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Josh M

    Better safe than sorry.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. upheaval

    The terrorists don't have to come here ever again-They are surely delighted to see that we are consumed with fear and paranoia.Economically we are going to destroy ourselves-by over reacting like this every time-Common Sence? Get A Grip!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Proud Canadian

    ANyways the us government sure knows how to scare its people!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Simon Nicholas

    Is THAT where I left my box of underwear?! I bet they won't even give it back.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Don

    Shut up and get back to work!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. vmitchell

    I think you have to be paranoid these days – liberals may try to explain it away or apologize on behalf of Islamists, but there actually are bad people in the world, and they aren't all Americans. Liberals should just get their talking points out and start saying this is not Islam, it means peace, America has brought this on itself etc etc

    Even if its a false alarm, it simply is a refelcton of the world we live in, not the fantasy liberal world where everything is America's fault and we are the only bad people.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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