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. Bev

    Wow - you are my first source of news, CNN, and you really fell down on the job on this one. WAY behind on reporting the breaking news and certainly not as many details as other news sources. Please, get with it and catch up!!

    May 1, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Menace of Evilside

    This is just being released now? Twitter was all over this!

    May 1, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kelly

    NOT CONFIRMED TO BE A BOMB???? LOL http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64100G20100502 READ

    May 1, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George

    When Michael Moore eats onions he's just as explosive

    May 1, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ivobon

    I know!! How come CNN didnt covered the story? No No.. I rely on CNN for my breaking news.. DISSAPOINTED!!

    May 1, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JoshuaStowe

    wow, i guess i now have to depend in MSNBC now. they have been reporting this story for about an hour.

    May 1, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Eric

    Yeah I've been watching this on MSNBC for a while. Yikes.

    Man....

    This really just goes to show that there's really only so much that we can do in terms of preventative measures for a situation like this. I mean, if somebody wants to load up their trunk with explosives and drive into Times Square...who's going to stop them, really?

    May 1, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tony

    I saw a recent Time story with the President of CNN news. In it he attempted to explain the drop in ratings.

    Reading this, Sir?

    It is egregious a rerun of LKL is being run while the crossroads of the world is closed due to a probable IED. 60 blocks from HQ.

    WAKE UP!!!

    BTW, thanks to the poster for mentioning MSNBC. No one is carrying this, including NY1?????

    May 1, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Irvin Williamson

    CNN what is it with you not covering the time square happening...?

    May 1, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tony

    Where is your coverage? MSNBC is all over it!! You are getting left behind!! Can't believe it!!

    May 1, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Natalie

    MARQUIS! IT'S SPELLED MARQUIS! NOT MARQUEE!!!!

    May 1, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Un Seen

    Or maybe the idiots didn't notice a fire.

    May 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Thomas CT

    Wow really when are you guys going get off of your butts and put it on the TV the hell with the larry king no one cares what he has to say! We want real news!

    May 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. laf

    amazingly slow CNN tonight. I had news an hours ago, and CNN just now woke up?

    May 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. elizabeth

    About time you post this. It's already been a while! How about a breaking news alert or something?! Chinatown is quiet i am happy to report

    May 1, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
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