May 2nd, 2010
12:02 PM ET

iReporter captures Times Square evacuation

iReporter Matthew Derby captured video of the Times Square evacuation

 iReporter Matthew Derby was vacationing in New York from Hawaii when he witnessed the Times Square evacuation and ongoing investigation of the car bomb found at the scene. He captured footage and filed to iReport. CNN talked to Derby on Sunday morning: 

Derby says: "I was in the Times Square area and all the havoc kind of broke loose a little earlier before I got to the area, but they had 45th St. between 7th and 8th closed off. But when I entered times square, that's when things started getting really serious, with tons of police. They started closing more of the area, 46th, 47th. so I went into the McDonald's to grab a drink, since they started closing off the streets where my hotel was. The police started coming in and evacuating, so everyone from McDonald's had to leave. Then they started evacuating the whole Times Square Tkts area. They told everyone to go north. They were just saying, "Go north, go north," so everyone thought it was really really serious." Watch as police tell McDonald's customers to evacuate
"Police were being very cautious about what was going on. And they were actually very good, considering the crowd didn't know what was going on. The police did an excellent job. ...  I think the New York police and firefighters and local authorities did an excellent job of securing the area. It was done fast, and efficiently. they handled the crowd very very well." Watch video of the streets blocked off
"A lot of people were shooting video and taking pictures. It's funny, Times square being so big ... but if you go down maybe three blocks past the blockade, a lot of the New Yorkers didn't even know what was happening. That's how big ... and small New York is."

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  1. Johnny

    So there is an APP for that!!!!!!!! I heard that if everyone bought the new I-touch all bad and evile would go away and we would live in paradise...Clue the sissy Apple ad music.

    May 2, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pavan

    Ok First there is no info in this clip and secondly what does an iPhone has to do with the situation. It looks like another CNN plug for Apple products pormotion. Infact any phone can take video these days better than an iPhone. It would have been better if it says "iReporter captures ....". Good job by CNN in promoting iPhone.

    May 2, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nowzesh

    It is a regret of such incidents. All have to act right now to prevent any form of terrorism.

    May 2, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HaywoodJ

    Is CNN sponsored by Apple, or is it affiliated with Apple in anyway? I believe that CNN has a bias towards Apple, due to the type of exposure they are giving Apple. This relationship should be disclosed. No one else gives Apple this amount of exposure with exception of Macworld publications, who is only about Macs.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Oklahoma29

    This place is called "iReport". I mean come on people if you don't want to read about the iPhone don't go to the iReport. I personally love this feature of CNN. I think it is very nice to see reports by my fellow neighbors. Anyways I'm glad this was caught before it killed hundreds. Hopefully they will catch this guy and he will sit in jail for the rest of his life.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. skydog71

    This just in - iPhones stop terrorists! Crap, why did I buy a Droid?

    May 3, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Al

    iReporter captures iCriminal on his iPhone and edits the footage on his iMac for all the iworld to see.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. PoopMan

    This just in. I took an iCrap in my iPants.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Karthikeyan

    may be CNN should be renamed to iCNN

    what does CNN have to do with Apple ?

    Why are they always biased towards them ?

    May 3, 2010 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Skip

    cnn, did u convert this to flash? it wont show on my ipad.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. yarsrvenge

    I've never seen so many commenters so jealous they do not have an iPhone. What other reason could possibly explain all the complaining about an iReport that was a small link in a sea of other stuff on the homepage.

    I realize Android is sloppy, has a wretched email client with no GAL support or multiple folders, and is just plain "too busy". I'm sorry for your purchase but please wallow in your own mediocrity.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jeremy

    The general problem here (well, other than the iPhone advertising, which is getting too prevalent), isn't the fact that it's an iReport. It's the fact that CNN made a headline of it on its homepage, as if it were hard news. No mention of an iReport, and by putting it on its homepage, CNN is indicating that it is newsworthy. So these comments about "it's not CNN" or it's "just an iReport" don't hold water. We don't want to go to FOX news because of the even greater biases there, but the increasingly irrelevant reporting may lead us elsewhere.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. willa

    fluff...this is just all fluff.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Carlton

    I'm reading this article publish and yes it looks fantastic! I like your way with words and you've got mentioned some great points within this issue.

    October 18, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
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