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. Get Gone

    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 isn't a 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 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tandum

    Rather die than live in FEAR!

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

    I'd tie them up in a room with their box or SUV and put some techies outside with remote controls and let the terrorists watch the dude on TV until he blows up. Make them think twice.

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

    Definitely would rather be safe than sorry (different from being paranoid). Praying for the safety of NYC

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

    smells like another govt setup. or just someone who forgot their cooler after checking out.

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

    Couple of Cokes and a sandwhich. Doh!

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

    We are not at the airport!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jon

    Somebody forgot their road sodas.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scott

    Time to Bring back the fear to America.....that we remember from George here will never be the ssme thanks to that F@#K.....

    May 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. footlong coneydog

    Hope they don't call this one "amatuerish" too......
    I mean REALLY...Mayor you need to antagonize the evil doers?

    USA, NSA, USA.....

    May 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. constuction worker

    Ohh some construction worker probably forgot his lunch again. Hope it doesnt turn out to be a huge deal if he just so happens to stroll right in and pick it up.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MSV


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  13. LOLCooler

    LOL it was a white cooler someone forgot their frozen margaritas and city is freaking out!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Again?

    Wonder if Bloomberg thinks a 40 year old white Republican, who's disgruntled with Obamacare, planted THIS one?

    May 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey

    So explain to me why it is that when my office got evacuated due to a bomb threat, or when more recently the city I live in was under water, that no one paid attention, but when somene looses their backpack in Time Square, its headline news.... Oh wait, I remember, its because New York thinks they're the center of the universe. We really don't need an update on every "almost" bomb.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
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