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. Delkoid

    I think Skeat-er should open the package.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Someone Please2

    it was not long ago we put all asians in camps..until I hear some serious remorse, regret, of Muslim Extremists trying to kill innocent Americans, children, babies, etc I will be of the opinion to lock them all up or ship them all out. It is not America's problem you have breeded hate.

    Whether we are at war with Muslim countries they will hate us. Whether we give into every single demand like not portraying their stupid prophet on television they still hate us.

    American's need to realize WE ARE HATED. Even if we did something to deserve it sometime in the past no matter what we do in the future we will be hated and blown up randomly. They use the West and America in particular as a pawn in their game to garnish power in their own communities. Wise up Americans...get rid of them all!!

    Not our problem...and it can be solved. Let them kill each other. We can't continue this fake "war on terroism" We can't win that war...it isn't a war..it is crazy religious nutjobs that like to blow up themselves..the only way to combat that is to get rid of the common denominator..which is Muslims.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Citizen X

    It's probably the fleshlight I ordered..

    May 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Teresa

    It"s nor paranoia people. The terrorist hate Americans and want to kill us. I'd rather read about some inconvenienced tourist then about thousands of dead ones.

    I'm shocked how many ignorant people post on here. My God stupidity runs rampant

    May 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bix

    united states of hysteria

    May 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jake

    I am glad that they are not playing around..I lost someone really close to me in 9/11 and when we don't take this stuff serious, that's when it will happen.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Camerican

    Hmmm...a cooler in front of a hotel. Isn't it possible that someone just forgot to load a cooler into their car while they were leaving? Nope. It's obviously a bomb.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Getting Nervous

    I agree, nena. I thought the car bomber was a little too inept to be believed, and that he might have been intended as a diversion or a test. I've been on tenterhooks waiting for the real attack to happen. I hope I'm wrong.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Patriot from the US

    tic, toc,tic, toc, tic, toc come on !! A big explosion will be like a alarm clock to you libs.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jim

    Yeah might as well be paranoid! Think of how many crimes would have been stopped and people living if someone had simply spoken up at the first sight of something odd or out of place. As long as there is legit concern I see nothing wrong with reporting anything that seems amiss.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Paul

    Seriously CNN, you need to disable comments on certain news. This place is full of absolute morons. Disgusting...

    May 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sterlin

    Terrorism? What for? I can't believe how sinister some people can be...

    May 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Liz

    to those who think its paranoia.. i take comfort in the paranoia. My fiance works in the Lion King and we were in the lobby on saturday when the car was found. Contrary to popular belief they didn't close the lion king that day, i was 100 feet from the car bomb that day and no one told us anything. we thought it was just a fire.

    id rather be paranoid and be evacuated for every little thing than to be lied to and held there in possible danger. if the bomb had gone off the other day, i would not be typing this message.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. robertopuente

    omqqq!!! ii cant beliveit hea stuck @ work wat qoin on

    May 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pippin

    I grew up in England in the 70s, everywhere we went we were searched because of the Provisional IRA who were blowing up stores, night clubs and bus stops, nothing was sacred. Almost everyday a packege would be found somewhere and paranoia would set in and everyone was evacuated. Most of the time the packages turned out to be just lost or missplaced items but sometimes they were bombs. It only takes one time for the terrorist to get it right. People of the USA, BE Paranoid! Be diligent! Be awhere of what's around you and lets all be safe.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
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