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. Mike R.

    I can't believe someone said "McVeigh". The only violent protests going on today are by MEXICAN ILLEGALS. Which is probably who set it.

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

    If you people actually read the news, you would know that the NYPD has declared this is not an act of terrorism. I applaud CNN for not blasting this on the front page and creating unnecessary panic.

    May 1, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sam

    Maybe when the media starts being smart, they will actually wait till they start screaming stupid al qaudea.

    May 1, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    Larry King? Really? I'd rather watch glue dry!

    May 1, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CruisingKiwi

    Geez – we heard about it on SkyNews Australia here in NZ well before any mention on CNN!

    May 1, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    So, would you guys rather have accurate reporting from CNN, or just have them spill unsubstantiated rumors?

    May 1, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jim

    something very important in news and isn't on cnn come on

    May 1, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sam

    Love you Un Seen! xD Your my media hero. Lol.

    May 1, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wolf

    Yes I agree... CNN you are lagging! Your showing and Entertainment show! I had to go to MSNBC to get the continuing coverage.... STEP UP!

    May 1, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff

    Good thing the news only happens on weekdays, your 24 hours news channel has great re-runs

    May 2, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. hotchix

    wow.. I was in times square around 5:30-7:00 I did see the fiire trucks coming out of the 8th ave station in a hurry. Dont know what that was about, but there was lots of cops in the streets.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    Oh please, accurate reporting from any of the 3 news channels is optional at best

    May 2, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Anthony

    Seriously CNN – AP is reporting a suspect is in custody and NY Times says NYPD have confirmed it was a car bomb. IS this really all you have?

    May 2, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. nhirsch

    MSNBC is kicking butt on this one.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mauro

    YAWN- I guess the alarmist are just looking for their next fix.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
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