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.

soundoff (1,087 Responses)
  1. Jon

    I'm hoping it's just people being on edge.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kari

    You can't take chances with human lives.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DJA79Chi

    Paranoia...or Copycat. Hopefully not the real deal. Scary.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel

    And it begins....this is exactly what the terrorists want to do. Instill fear in us all. I hope everything turns up okay over there.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. KT

    Better to be Paranoid then Dead!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kevin


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  7. Frankie DiBaker

    I think there is a heightened sense of paranoia right now related to NYC though taking precaution for the safety of everyone definitely makes a lot sense. Hopefully this is a false positive and everything turns out ok :>)

    May 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Breylon

    Wow every time someone drops a purse they are going to over react now.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. W.Terrace

    Once stung twice shy

    May 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan

    "immediate death penalty should be imposed for all terrorists and anyone related to it they are jeopardizing the lives of innocent people"


    Yea who cares about due process!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark L.

    Please NYPD, PLEASE – Tell me it is a False Alarm !!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dar Swede

    The sky is falling

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. walter

    that is dumb

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tucker

    Skeat-er – were you picked on in high school?

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ken

    hopefully just copy cats however what a feat to evacuate time square at 1 on a friday afternoon

    May 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
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