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. NJBlue021

    and people have the nerve to say...cops are lazy..they are re-active not PRO-active....id say that cop just saved hundreds if not thousands of lives...i can only imagine if it went off..people would say...oh well what about all the cops there all over...whats a matter none of them were doing there job.....Oh and ya....our lovely government wants to keep on laying off cops....smart right?

    May 2, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dennis

    And remember its a religion of peace!

    May 2, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anon

    "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."

    are confirmed to have not been a bomb???????

    Please Susan Candiotti, learn how to write.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brandon

    CNN has dropped the ball big time on this one. FoxNews and MSNBC are all over it and CNN's homepage has no mention of the story and the Twitter account said, "suspicious box" AFTER the NYPD said "bomb" – Come on guys. Makes me wonder if they run the story by a higher up before running with it.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. WhoDunnit

    Nice pictures to gander over at MSNBC guys and gals.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jayden,FL

    Jeezz CNN I look to you for BREAKING NEWS!!! I DONT WANT TO SEE LARRY KING LIVE!!! please cover the damn BREAKING NEWS!!!! I bet if a horse was stuck in mud you guys whould have wall to wall coverage... I like CNN a lot but you guys Failed pretty badly tonight.... MSNBC is my only choice now.. because I dont like FOX News!!!

    May 2, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Marsha

    If you want the best info... Go to BBC news. That's where I found the best info on line.
    Had to call my Mom to listen to Fox new over the phone

    May 2, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. majikcheese

    that TGI Fridays sucks anyways.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Abdul Sesay

    God CNN if you don't quit showing this crap and show us the breaking news I will boycott you forever! This is rediculous of a news organization to not show breaking news!

    May 2, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Paulie

    Feel safe yet? Someone got a car bomb into NYC from Connecticut that much is pretty clear. Tea partiers will blame immigration protestors, democrats are already blaming tea partiers – weird coincidence that there were immigration rallies in NYC today though! Could be Al-Qaeda. Could be anybody.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Conservatype

    This is what we can come to expect as a result of the Obama administration's weakness in the face of ongoing global Islamic terrorism. Likely we will see many more of these types of attacks, failed or otherwise, God forbid.......

    May 2, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. OhWhatsThisSmellsLikeFish

    Religious nutjobs say the earthquake "increase" fortells the apocalypse or something...Environmentalists say the increase in global warming is destroying whatever suits their argument at that time....But darn if this increase in random terrorist like activity around the nation doesn't smell fishy...I'll be staying out of major cities for a while heh, and not swimming in any Gulfs.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff

    Whats up with all the Black plastic trash bags on the Curb......is it garbage Sunday

    May 2, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tony

    From the Times:

    By RAY RIVERA and KARIN HENRY
    Published: May 1, 2010

    A bomb in Times Square led to the evacuation of thousands of tourists and theatergoers from the area on a warm and busy Saturday evening, the police said.

    There was no explosion.

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

    The device, he said, contained “explosive elements” that included “propane tanks, some kind of powder, gasoline and a timing device.”

    May 2, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Abdul Sesay

    This is bulls$$t CNN for not showing this story.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
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