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[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:
[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.
[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.
PARANOIA... THAT IS CRAZY THAT YOU CAN EVEN USE THAT IN SUCH A DERAGATORY WAY. TRY LIVING AND WORKING IN NYC AND WE HAVE A RIGHT TO BE NERVOUS AND ON EDGE. UNTIL YOU WALK A MILE IN OUR SHOES DONT YOU DARE JUDGE AND LABEL.
Times Square sucks anyway.
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?!
My god what is America coming to!
This is just another prank!
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.
better safe than sorry... ðŸ™‚
America, welcome to the rest of the world.
someone probably dropped their lunch bag
omg its a box! run!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!