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. Gabrielle

    Not again....Hope all turns up to be nothing...but so Glad they are being vigilant

    May 7, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. TeaBagger Tony

    Big Government out of my terrorism prevention! Get back to the important job of cutting my taxes! Also, stay out of my oil spill cleanup! The market can take care of it!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. AOL

    may be faizal diverted the police attention ....

    May 7, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Taliban Leader

    Allah Akbar. Allah Akbar.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Karl

    Yah i heard that women say that on cnn lol

    May 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Pro

    Comedy Central <---–STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU PUBLISHED. Don't get scared. Many will stand beside you and fight these jerks.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. A

    Paranoia? Clearly not comments coming from New Yorkers. I think our recent history gives us good reason. Probably is a false alarm, and I certainly don't live my life in fear, but we do have constant reminders of the fact that this city is a major target. (Active bomb this past Saturday.)Thanks for the concern and compassion. Hick.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. dd

    and it begins,when are we going to wake up and actually do something about this??

    May 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. larry

    Oh C'mon ...not times square...i love that city. please leave it alone. bomb karachi or islamabad you jerks

    May 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. MW Johnson

    ~I'm just wondering if a "tourist" has left his I Love NY coffee mug behind or something.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. BMW119

    http://www.thecampussocialite.com/

    May 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Bob

    its a cooler !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just a prank call

    May 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Skeptic

    I'm behind you on that one, Dan. I don't trust the authorities at all!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. ben

    better paranoia than a bunch of dead people.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Lily C.

    Well this is yet another reason for New Yorkers to avoid Times Square I guess.

    If we allow terrorists to control our lives and force us to live in a state of paranoia, then we are letting them win.

    We should always remember the words of one of our founding fathers during these trying times, "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither" Benjamin Franklin. Don't allow the actions of a few angry individuals to undo what makes the United States a great country – our freedoms, and don't let the government take them away from you either.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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