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 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.

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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.

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  1. Chino

    Call Bronson..

    May 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JT


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  3. Rufio Toetea

    Times Square sucks anyway.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Carolynn

    Yes well, I guess someone else wants their picture all over the news! Nothing like being an instant hero to those who have their heads screwed on backwards. Really! Do we really need to see these creeps up close?!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Proud Canadian

    My god what is America coming to!
    This is just another prank!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joshua Weikel

    This isn't news...I'm fine with taking precautions, but don't get people in a hizzy unless something actually happens. Then if it turns out to be nothing, just throw a blurb out there about what happened, then no big deal. But if it's a false alarm, then it's less likely for people to be on their gaurd in the future. This frustrates me so much.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RGP

    better safe than sorry... 🙂

    May 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sybaris

    America, welcome to the rest of the world.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Me

    someone probably dropped their lunch bag

    May 7, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Richard

    omg its a box! run!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nena

    Does anyone else think that they could be just testing the response rate of the NYPD/FBI? Maybe there is something bigger coming.. i think the media might be aiding too much... ooy.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patriot from the US

    Maybe this is what it will take, blow up part of NY city by Muslims to get our attention.
    I'm rooting for the other team temporarily.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JB

    I work in Grand Central. My boyfriend works at the Viacom Building on 45th and Bway. Trying to see whats going on. This is so frustrating.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jack Black

    The Terrorists have accomplished what they have set out to do. Make America turn into a bunch of whining pu$$i3$. People are definitely Paranoid, and frankly for what? New York is not all that.. They are a disgusting town and get everything they deserve. Have fun!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SB

    Paranoia? As someone who was at the towers on 9/11 AND in Times Square last Sat, I hope they continue to be paranoid. I would rather be paranoid than dead!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
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