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. bob

    Who decided we should get rid of Guantanamo Bay...

    May 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Taliban Leader

    Its a bomb.


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

    So that's where I left my beer.

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

    George Bush will be responsible,

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

    We need that guy from Hurt Locker to live in New York!

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

    When are we just going to hang a big, NO VACANCY sign on the Statue of Liberty????

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

    May just be me, but the fixed image being shown of a concentrated crowd where they have Times blocked off, is NOT a good idea !

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

    If this is a real bomb that failed again, planted by another muslim terrorist, it's just another "DOMESTIC CONTINGENCY" that he 0'bammy regime has to contend with. This never happened during the Carter admin.....and old Jimmy is looking pretty good, RIGHT NOW!

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

    Jack Black you are so stupid and should really go find some place else to play. This site is not for children to voice their ridiculous opinions. GET A LIFE FOOL!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Patriot from the US

    BOOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Lets get this party started

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

    Let me guess, live in some small town in the middle of nowhere? I would much rather be cautious than have a bunch of tourists blown to bits. To say this is paranoia is ridiculous and to call any American a P*&^% is absurd. Let me also think that the horrible flooding in Nashville is just a "little rain" and the oil in the gulf is a "minor inconvenience"?
    We can send you or Steven Velasquez to kick whatever it is and you two can see what's NOT in there! Idiots.

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

    what a piece of bs....

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

    "Admin Account"? Trying to make an un-American position look official? Pathetic.

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

    Now what? Another war on terrorism in Yemen? My mistake, there isn't a Republican in office. Thank god.

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

    Better to be safe, than sorry!

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