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. Greg

    Cautious people are probably happier than dead people. I wouldn't be willing to test this theory though.

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

    I hope that all of this does not bring on a Crying Wolf reaction in the future. We have to stay on our toes!

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

    Its better to kill all those terrorists who are trying to plot the bombs.we should tell them a lesson.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kyle Plummer

    this is insane. It's 9-11 all over again!

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

    ... move to Philadelphia – nobody's going to bother doing anything there...

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

    We have to stand up for free speech. These radicals can mock us in everything and attack us for a cartoon?

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

    Seems to me like everyone is afraid to live in a REAL world. One in which you can die any second and your next breath isn't guaranteed. Are we so concerned with our security that we have to live in fear every second of the day? Everyone dies sooner or later.

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

    i dont get why would people want to do this

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

    I commend NY on it's vigilance.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marky GA

    OF COURSE this is gonna keep happening... why shouldn't it?? THERE'S NO DETERRENT!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. J. Grant

    Gosh, you folks sure seem scared of WHAT IF WHAT IF OMG WHAT IF.

    Land of the Free and home of the what, again? Brave?

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

    What happened to New Yorkers? You need to re-grow your spines.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mr. X

    A dollar says its some illegal's lunch

    May 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Amber

    Hey, has anyone seen my lunch? I set it down somewhere around here. Ya know, it was in a small white cooler. Had my bologna sandwich in it.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Andy

    I'm getting a bit tired of all these incidents, they are not going to deter me from going to nyc or times square. If the intent of these things is to inspire panic or fear, sorry, they failed. How about lets focus on the flooding in TN and the oil spill, things that actually affect people and are happening now?

    – A

    May 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
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