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. EG

    I remember after 9-11, the next week was full of evacuations and false alarms. I went from an evacuation Columbus Circle to an evacuation at Grand Central in the same afternoon. Definitely not paranoia (which is a crude and ignorant label to use), but the key is to ensure that while an abundance of caution is used, we don't allow ourselves to be "terrorized, which is frightened by fear stoked by others, whether actual terrorists or our own politicians. I like the subdued tone of the current administration which seems determined, but not "phony tough" as in the past.

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

    thats all one could expect with War

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

    I find it terrible that people make jokes about this stuff....This is really serious. Many people have died becuase of attacks. Lets be safe and take precautions. We can't take chances and we cetainly cant wait for something bad to happen and learn from it....Its called being proactive.

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

    For all of you that are screaming "PARANOID" how about your park your a** in times square and let me know how you feel when someone that should be 'profiled' is sitting next to you with a large cooler.

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

    Hopefull after all these scares the government will come in and take whats left of our civil liberties away. Cause after all, better safe than sorry.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Alan

    is there beer in it?

    May 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Not buying it

    Just another friendly reminder from the government that we're supposed to continue living in fear. Such distractions keep us ignorant of what is really going on.... oh yeah that and they want you to know that the "terrorist" alert level is still orange!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Herb


    May 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ray Scythe

    Let's spill some more oil.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Matt

    Someone must wonder......this is something the administration would do to prove all levels of government are prepared for such attacks. It would also give NYC the opportunity to test new exit strategies and response times. I wouldn't doubt it. The media has been bashing all levels of government for not seeing all of the signs of last weeks incident. I blame the media and politics for most of today's bazzare incidents.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Doug

    Paranoid? Are you kidding me?! We are talking about a city which beheld the worst terrorist attack ever, and another failed attack recently. It is one of the most famous cities in the world and receives immediate attention from the media. Accordingly, it is a main focus of terrorists. How about one of you who are claiming paranoia walk up and open the cooler?

    May 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Citisen

    Kick out all the mullahs and you wont have to face these freaks everyday.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. B


    That's really ignorant of you to say and it's probably really easy to say since you probably hail from some small town outside of Manhattan.

    My girlfriend works about 80 yards north of this exact area and it's not just me but millions of ppl who have loved ones that work and live in these areas. Trust me this isn't about paranoia. It's about safety.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. myselg

    totally paranoic

    May 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Good Job Immigration

    I hope that our immigration laws keep these foreigners out because we New Yorkers should not live in fear

    May 7, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
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