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. RC

    Im in California and I'll probably get more information on this from Saturday Night Live than I will from CNN.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tony

    CNN's Webpage, 1:22am

    A law enforcement source said police found propane cylinders and a gas can among the items. The source said these could be supplies used by street vendors.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. RC

    CNN = Childrens News Network

    May 2, 2010 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tony

    That failed detonation occured at 6:30.


    The Times didn't report this until 10:30.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. chris

    WTF is up with cnn? ive been watching msnbc for any info i need. pretty sad my local news station has it covered.

    i knew it wouldnt be too long before we see carbombs here in the usa. im guessing suicide bombers are next. really makes you think!

    May 2, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Aaron

    I agree 222. They did a great job securing the area, but if the ignition switch or whatever didn't fail, this could have been very BIG. There is nothing anyone could have done if this "crude bomb" didn't fail.....that's the scariest part of all of this.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. JK

    Walter Cronkite and Peter Jennings – you are sorely missed.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Aaron

    any news anchor at are sorely missed also.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tony

    CNN's text still saying it's not a bomb!!!

    May 2, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. Aaron

    good work by the T-shirt vendor to notify the police as soon as he did.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jason Dunn

    Nice work NYPD!
    As for the Marriot Staff, a degree in hotel management doesn't give you the right to forbid someone from leaving your building. People in the South Tower of the WTC were told to return to work after the impact to the North Tower.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Aaron

    Sorry Mr. Turner. I log alot of hours watching CNN, but I'm going to sign off and watch MSNBC. This is really disappointing.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tony

    CNN STILL downplaying bomb aspect.

    “It appears to be a car bomb left in a Pathfinder between Seventh and Eighth” Avenues on 45th Street, said Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. JK

    Aaron, unfortunately they ousted Ted Turner years ago. Time Warner owns them and couldn't give a hoot about real news reporting. This is serious stuff going down and they're totally unprepared.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tony

    Press Conference with Bloomberg and Ray Kelley imminent.

    May 2, 2010 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
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