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. Sam

    What's going to happen is that people are going to stop believing the "threat" and when they don't react it will really be a bomb...that's what they want. Remember the boy who cried wolf

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

    You know, in this world, anyone that chastises a society for being "parenoid" needs to have their head examined... or certainly yank it out of the sand. I suppose you still leave your front door unlocked, huh?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. K

    I wouldn't call evacuating an area paranoid – I work in Midtown.
    Evacuation is a safety precaution – not paranoia. The NYPD isn't causing the hysteria, they are doing their jobs.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. crank

    Copy cat ?? Don't dogs copy ?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Chuck

    Some idiot forgot to take their cooler with them into the hotel and everyone assumed the worst.

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

    "Oh no! It's chilled food! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! YOUR PRECIOUS PRECIOUS LIVES!"

    Seriously, New York, Grow a pair.

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

    I can't believe people on here are calling this "paranoia" and that New Yorkers should "re-grow your spine". 6 days ago a car bomb was found in the same area. Not a suspected car bomb. An actual car bomb, which would have killed a lot of people if it had been assembled properly. You people who live in the sticks have no idea what its like to live in an area that is actively targeted by enemies of this country. Instead you sit back and throw insults behind the safety-net of your depressingly slow rural lifestyle. Way to go.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. kravmagaexpert

    The RNC is probably involved. It's getting close to election time.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Carol

    Maybe someone leaving the Marriott forgot to put their cooler in the car? We can hope right! Better safe than sorry! Good work to whoever found it!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Ethan

    1 – Glad I don't live in New York. I wouldn't want to be scared every day.

    2 – Probably someone who just forgot some of their luggage at the Marriott.

    3 – Better safe than sorry I guess. Again, glad I don't live in New York.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Richard

    Why is it always New York City?

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

    I think NY of any US city has a right to be parinoid.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. yo

    W.T.F. IS WITH ALL THE TARIST ATACKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Joe six pack

    it worked for Bush, it'll work for Obama. keep peaple on edge and scare them consistently and keep their mind from reality of theri lives which is helic.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Ryujin

    hurry up gumball 3000's gonna be all messed up

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