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. inmaakoigirl

    It's so funny that everyone is complaining about the Police and Bomb Squad doing their jobs. If they would have "left it alone" and pretended like they didn't care then people would call them "reckless" and accuse them of not doing what they are supposed to. Say they did leave it alone because they thought that it was nothing and then it blew up, I'm sure you would all be singing a different tune. Unfortunately we live in where some people will stop at nothing to try to bring us (Americans) to our knees again ... We are well hated and can not just sit back and let it happen.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. James

    Anyone ever consider that the terrorist are testing us...to see how much security...where the cameras are etc. Why do we always have to report everything on the news...The Police should keep quiet. The other day they were showing all the different cameras and the angles and what they pick up. The terrorists are a lot smarter then we give them credit....AND they keep this up and we jump everytime then they when...we're scared everytime we see a box sitting alone.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. jon

    the powerful advertising companies in Times Square are going to have a brain hemorrhage due to lack of audience to persuade.. hurry up nypd.. let's get though ignorant people back in there to stare at focus group approved ads!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Joe

    I think that the US should implement a law; like at airports and in England all unattended items i.e. bags,coolers etc.. will be taken away unless in the presence of the owner. Save alot of trouble.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. cf

    Tourist A: "Hey, where's the cooler?"
    Tourist B: "Oh no, we left it in NY!"
    Tourist A: "Well, it's just a cooler. No big deal."

    May 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Irene

    There are those that would argue that the Government of United States of America is the largest terrorist orgainzation on the planet. With its bombing raids and drone attacks, ostensibly trying to keep civilian casualties to a minimum, (which is, in effect, accepting some civilian casualties), it is using the very terrorist tactics which we purport to deplore. The families of those killed by our forces are no less affected by terrorist tactics than the survivors of 911.
    Destroying infrastructure and access to medical care, food, clean water: terrorism.
    Sudden violent armed break-ins of residences where families are simply trying to survive: terrorism.
    Facilitating drug trade (yes we do): terrorism.

    Are we taxpayers in effect supporting a terrorist organization?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. andrew

    people in this country need to lossen up and stop being so damn paranoid!!!!!!!! really.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. James

    Just because you're paranoid don't mean they're not after you. -Kurt Cobain

    May 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. dontcareforNYimnWA

    new york seriously man up and have some bravery i would have walked up opened it and then walk away its a waste of tax money you democrats should man p before your wifes leave you for me

    May 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. jgg

    hey, Cdizz – NYers suck eh? why dont you stop wasting your time reading about us then? or, perhaps, come out to the heart of NY and say that to one of us, I'm sure we'd be able to change your mind

    May 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. andrew

    people in this country need to lossen up and stop being so damn paranoid

    May 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Sean

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Kevin

    better safe, than sorry. Though the cyber-crusaders will most likely criticize the call for alarm. You whine, and complain about wasted resources, and people getting hysterical for no reason. Yet, if something had happened, you'd be the exact same people screaming about their lack of prevention. Hypocrites.....

    May 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. sj

    We are the heart of nyc and everyone who is terrorist would love to do us damage.. I live in nyc and I know for sure that i don't mind nypd being cautious of anything because the simplest thing can cause us Harm.. But NYPD need to be more aware that it seems that american terrorist are arount us and we need to make sure the security is very well tightened...

    May 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. JC in California

    Another fine reason not to live in a big city. I don't, and so I don't have to put up with this stuff.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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