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. Wow

    This is actually getting embarrassing that this is all that CNN has managed to muster on this story this far into it. "The World's News Leader" no more, I'm afraid. And really, a 4 yr old Larry King rerun on the air? Wow.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scott

    Why all of the misinformation regarding this incident – through any of the sources?

    Have the police not contacted the registered owner of the car to confirm accountability?

    May 2, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Duh

    Never mind the fact that every time those typo nazis call you out, they do some bad stuff themselves. Grammar is AR not ER JULY. Oooo you just got zinged.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Concerned upstate NY

    The ballon BOY got more coverage. US NY people ARE CONCERNED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jenn

    Come on CNN! Your are supposed to be the best...

    May 2, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Fortune

    I saw this item first on a regional language newspaper in India but CNN did not report. LOL!

    May 2, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. OR

    Very dissapointed of not receiving any text message and no coverage of this news CNN is my primary source of news. Very bad I hope this does not happen again.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mike R.

    People, people, people...CNN has to wait from the orders and talking points from the White House as to how to report this before covering it. You know that.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. PJ

    WAKE UP GUYS!!!!

    May 2, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Aaron

    does anyone else think this is not being covered because it may be more serious than we are being led to believe? I just find this really weird that it isn't being covered 100%.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. JK

    I work in the Times Square area and we all knew something was going on by 7PM. For CNN to not have any coverage at all of this until now and instead has a Larry King show on shows just how far into the noise they've fallen.

    Remember when CNN was the network that was able to be on the air from Baghdad during the first gulf war? Apparently the current management of CNN doesn't.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Concerned upstate NY

    CNN where are you>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?>?

    May 2, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. bridget

    actually SNL was supposed to be a repeat tonight. It had nothing to do with this incident.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lulubelle

    It is marquee. Sometimes marquise is used, but generally marquee. It is not marquis. A marquis is a nobleman ranking below a duke and above an earl or a count.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mike R.

    Aaron, yes, that's it exactly. If the suspect is either Muslim, or a La Raza sort, this will NOT be covered, and will be buried as a nonstory.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
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