May 7th, 2010
06:06 PM ET

All-clear given in Times Square scare

Police have blocked off parts of Times Square and evacuated people because of a suspicious cooler left in Times Square.

[Updated at 6:06 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated at 2:32 p.m.] Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York acknowledged after that incident that terrorists have targeted New York.

"We have to take every precaution, as you know, because we remain a prime target for terrorists," he said. "That's something all New Yorkers understand and it's something that we need Washington to understand as well."

"We will continue to doing everything we possibly can to protect New Yorkers from terrorist attacks. We have, as you know, built the most comprehensive and sophisticated counter terrorism operation of any local police force in the world."

[Updated at 2:24 p.m.] An all-clear was declared Friday after authorities investigated a suspicious package left in front of a hotel in Times Square and determined that it contained water bottles, police said.

[Updated at 2:10 p.m.] The New York Police Department has deployed a robot to X-ray the cooler that was abandoned in front of the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square, police told CNN's Susan Candiotti.

[Updated at 2:15 p.m.] A bomb squad robot has completed its X-ray of the suspicious cooler left in Times Square, CNN's Susan Candiotti reported. But, the results were inconclusive.

Members of the bomb squad are now suiting up to get a closer look.

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[Updated at 2:01 p.m.] CNN's Ali Velshi who is on 47th Street and Broadway reports: "Times Square is entirely empty" on certain blocks.

[Updated at 1:58 p.m.] Kathy Duffy, who is in her office at the Marriott Marquis hotel, told CNN the Times Square Alliance said there was an abandoned cooler left outside. Duffy said officials told her that the bomb squad was trying to determine if it was a threat. She said that the hotel has not been told to evacuate.

[Updated at 1:51 p.m.] A spokesman for the Times Square Alliance says, according to the NYPD, the following streets are closed:

  • East bound on 46th Street from 8th Ave
  • West bound on 45th Street from 6th Ave.
  • And the Broadway and 7th Avenue plaza between 44th and 47th.
  • 44th and 47th Streets themselves are not closed.

[Updated at 1:45 p.m.] The suspicious package that prompted evacuations in New York's Times Square is a white cooler that was left near the front of the Marriott Marquis Hotel, police told CNN.

The area is not far from where Faisal Shahzad left his SUV that had explosives in it.

People were evacuated from the streets of Times Square after a report of a suspicious package.

[Posted at 1:24 p.m.] Times Square has been evacuated after a suspicious package was found near 45th street, a New York Police Department official said.

The package was found near 45th Street and Broadway, officials said.

The evacuation comes six days after an SUV with explosives was left in Times Square resulting in the arrest of Faisal Shahzad.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as we get it.

soundoff (1,087 Responses)
  1. Skeat-er

    maybe Paranoia ?

    May 7, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chanel

    wow this is scary. I hope everything is ok

    May 7, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. YummyDrFood

    Smells like paranoia, yeah.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. quitecanadian

    REALLY AGAIN ..... didnt see that coming.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jonathan

    It is not paranoia. If you lived here you would know that this stuff is serious business and that these precautions need to be taken whenever something like this comes up.

    It is always better to be safe than sorry. Being a Manhattan residence I take more comfort in these tactics rather than just ignoring it or waiting to see what is going to happen. Proactive approach such as this is best, even if it means some business will suffer for a few hours.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MG Arizona

    Mr.Skeat-er It is called be safer than sorry.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ME

    I'd rather be paranoid then dead!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Freemason

    immediate death penalty should be imposed for all terrorists and anyone related to it they are jeopardizing the lives of innocent people

    May 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

    I wonder if the CIA or FBI will be behind this one?

    May 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Trevor

    It's a box full of "Going Rogue" – Ahhhhhhhh!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    Somebody saw something and said something/ That's fine. Right now, it's reasonable to be cautious.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jeremy

    Yikes...

    May 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Adam

    Paranoia? More like cautious. If they didnt do this and it was a bomb and people were hurt, you'd be the first person condemning the police for failing. We live in a dangerous world, they should be overly cautious.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bob

    Certainly better safe than sorry......

    May 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff

    Go to fox news to watch it live.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
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