May 1st, 2010
11:31 PM ET

NYC's Times Square shut down over suspicious car

Several blocks around New York's Times Square were closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic Saturday night after a police officer saw smoke emanating from a box inside a parked car, according to authorities.

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne told CNN that the shutdown began after a foot patrol officer passed by a Nissan Pathfinder with Connecticut plates on 45th Street between and 7th and 8th Avenues. Browne said the officer noticed a box inside the car with smoke coming out.

Browne said officials at the scene were using a robot to search inside the car. The police department's public information office said the box and other items found in the search are not confirmed at this time to be a bomb.

The Marriott Marquee Hotel wasn't allowing anyone to enter or leave the hotel Saturday night, and at least one nearby restaurant, TGI Friday's, had closed to customers and was evacuating staff.

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  1. brad

    come on CNN, you're falling behind with this story quickly. I depend on you for up to the minute breaking news!

    May 1, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alex Winter

    Well this sucks. Back of the car had some propane tanks. Local reports say it might have been an IED.

    May 1, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom Kopacz

    Any chance this could be covered on TV tonight?

    May 1, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Leslie

    Surprised this hasn't been covered at all on CNN. Fox had some coverage but MSNBC has had continuous.

    May 1, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Matt

    Huffington Post is reporting that it is a bomb.

    May 1, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gail

    Hi-I'm very surprised that you are not all over this story! I guess Larry King is more important!

    May 1, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. likemindead

    I'm not mad, CNN, I'm just disappointed.

    May 1, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lisa

    Where is your coverage of this story? I can't believe you are leaving Michael Moore on instead of covering this! Shame on you!

    May 1, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kelly

    THIS IS NOT BREAKING NEWS WTF i read about this on a broadway show webiste before i saw it on your twitter. don't worry nytimes is slow too

    May 1, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Katelynn

    This sounds like the McVeigh story not sure if thats how you spell it but when i heard about this his name popped in my head!!!!

    May 1, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brenda Lott

    Yes – a little late and lacking a lot of detail. NYT all over this and rec'd text on iPhone from NYT immediately – looked on CNN – nothing for quite a while. CNN, you are falling down on the job.

    May 1, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jujumana

    I'm betting it was illegals, those damned illegals! There should be a law!

    May 1, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lee

    maybe cnn is trying to "cover up" the story, instead of "covering" it.

    May 1, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kelly

    Brenda- it took nytimes a few hours too, if you want up to date twitter notifications i got my first one from @notifynyc WHEN it happened

    May 1, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Evan

    I am surprised it hasn't been covered by all stations (CBS, ABC, NBC, etc). NBC is currently broadcasting a re-run of SNL because of it (was supposed to be live tonight).

    May 1, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
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