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. Angela

    Wow, msnbc is saying it is a "crude car bomb"

    May 2, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tony

    MSNBC to carry press conference with Mayor.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |

    I cant believe the amazement that CNN is not covering this like it should be, "A VERY IMPORTANT NEWS EVENT". How about the WARS? Does anyone remember everyday for about 7 years or so CNN's running front page headlines about our courageous soldiers dieing and how BAD the wars were going? You'll have to search real hard to find CNN reporting anything like that for a few more years.....

    May 2, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike R.

    I would also say that the lack of coverage is downright irresponsible. If it WERE an Al-Qaeda thing, they seem to to things in threes, not in the singular!

    May 2, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. JK

    CNN International to the rescue. CNN management: feel free to keep that on.....forever. Something tells me you are not broadcasting Rick Sanchez and Nancy Grace beyond our shores.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tony

    Didn't need NYPD to confirm this:


    Of course it was a bomb. Ingredients propane, black powder, gas, timer, stolen plates (probably stolen car), man dumping it at Times Square and running off.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brad

    "We can speculate all night about the reasons but there is some other reason CNN is not giving the story any weight right now."

    seriously...i mean do you people really think CNN is so consumed with the correspondent's dinner that they just haven't noticed what's going on? get a clue. there's obviously a reason why there hasn't been coverage. quit it with the hissy fits.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. Angela

    CNN is off the story again, talking about oil. Now I know when something major happens I tune into the REAL "most trusted name in news" MSNBC!!

    May 2, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Aaron

    I know I keep saying it, and I'm really not one to freak out without knowing all the facts, but I feell strongly there is more to this story than what is being told right now.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Angela

    I told my mom about the story and she said it was the

    May 2, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tony

    CNN covering Gulf Spill.

    I wonder if they were the target iof this bomb

    May 2, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Pro

    Those who are saying calm down, for your information, NYPD just said it is a car bomb. Every news is important, especially something like this. Larry King reruns can wait.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. RC

    CNN domestic has really dropped the ball. Domestic just finished their precious LARRY KING rerun, and switched over to international, where they had a painful 3 minute story. Now they are on to canned coverage of the oil spill.
    Really CNN, anyone home???

    May 2, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tony


    Another voice of 'reason' trying to moderate (us) me.

    Screw hissy fits.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tony

    Even the screen text is not saying it's a bomb!

    May 2, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
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