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. techgrl

    they have good reason to be paranoid

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dovesangle

    Better safe then sorry!!! Shouldn't there be a ton of police patroling that area after what happened a week ago???

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sky

    Better safe than sorry

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Paul

    yes, it's apparently meant to be scary. ratings and all.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Laurie

    I really need them to not touch Times Square. I don't know if that's a hit we can take.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Laurie

    Maybe they are being CAUTIOUS

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chaz

    Better safe than sorry. I have family and friends in NYC and if a little extra caution keeps them safe. All the better for everyone involved.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sunny

    i think its just a prank, to get the fear within people of New York....Take it easy!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JGNY

    Hey Skeat-er, do you live or work in NYC? If not, you really have no idea what you're talking about.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rob base

    What is going on??

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MyBadd

    RUN FORREST, RUN!!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Eric

    I would choose paranoia over complacency

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jay Rose

    Wow, I wish people would start using the trash cans to throw their stuff away instead of causing a national panic!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. heyder

    it doesn't matter if it's paranoia. what i would hope is the media DOES NOT blow any of these incidents out of proportion. or this will cause copy cat syndrome, which will take up alot of law enforcements time. i highly doubt it's anything, why would a 'terrorist' or wannabe one, go to the same place. they would be unsuccesful if anything. i hope most people understand that we are for the most part pretty safe here and that things that this have been going on since the begining of time. there will always be crazy people!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Matt

    Oh the joys of working in Times Square

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
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