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. mbal

    OMG!!! A cooler!! Everybody panic!!!!111!1!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Moped the Great

    Did Igloo need some advertising? Maybe someone put a bunch of mentos in a diet coke to liter and they are waiting for someone to open it.

    Either way I hope it is not a bomb so we can move on and stop scarring everyone.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Canadian

    Having just spent a week's vacation in NYC (left on the same day the idiot left the car bomb) I have to say that they are doing the right thing by being cautious...maybe overly cautious, but I think that's better than not doing anything and then having to answer to the public if it did turn out to be something and people were hurt.

    Terrorists do not win in my mind, I will definitely be back in NYC! Great city and great people.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Steve

    I lived 2 blocks away from Times Square for 4 years and I would see luggage, boxes, coolers everywhere. It was called TRASH, and left on the streets all the time! It was never an issue and shouldnt be now.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. mike

    where's the guys from snl.....it could be a **ck in the box

    May 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. KIRIL

    another one. Wow this is scary.

    any ideas or thoughts on this??

    May 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. joe

    But, we got Saddam! How can this still be happening????

    May 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. cynic82

    Sounds like pranksters and terrorists have the same syndrome New Yorkers have; "Only City in the World" syndrome.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Dan

    In response to "Scott's comment "Time to Bring back the fear to America.....that we remember from George Bush....life here will never be the ssme thanks to that F@#K....."

    So turd breath, because Bush had been president for what, 9 months when we were attacked it was HIS fault?

    How about the "limp" response from Clinton after the Marine barracks were bombed that showed we might launch a few cruise missiles and destroy abandoned training camps? I'm sure that told the world how tough we were.

    If you need the airline schedule for the next few flights going to the middle east, let me know. I'll be happy to help rid the country of antagonistic knuckle dragger's like you. I'm sure you'll feel much more secure over there.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. ElvisAndretti

    I like how a non-news (as of yet) story is just an excuse for the dittoheads to bash 'libruls' cause we all know libruls are wrong about everything.

    Jumping to conclusions and beating up on a strawman is good excercise, but rhetorically pretty feeble.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. GoodAdvice

    Problem is with Islam, their fascist ideology; as far as there are people who believe in radical Islam and killer Mohamed, we should be prepared to see more bombings and killings. Practice of Islam should be banned world wide. Islam is a religion of terrorist, for the terrorist by the terrorists. Radical Islam has no place on earth and in modern world. How long should we tolerate the bombings and live in fear?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Dan Bednarik

    Probably was lunch.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. MIke G

    I lived in the NY area for 45 years, I saw the towers fall. I am glad tha they are overly cautious. It is also one of the reasons I move to the mid-west.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Janice

    Could be paranoia, but this is what is to be expected, that is what terrorism is, putting terror into everything. What once might have been considered a simple cooler is now seen as a threat to the people. Sad, very sad. To think our men and women are still dying in Afghanistan and Iraq while we still live in fear at home. What's it all about? Damned if I know.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Evan

    Not again.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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