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. Misty

    i rather be paranoid than be a dead meat!!!

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

    There is always something going on in NYC. It would be strange if events like this didn't happen there.

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

    It's actually a good thing to be paranoid. Hopefully the city will start giving tickets to everyone that's littering or leaving trash in the street. I'm sick of seeing people unwrapping a snicker bar and throwing the wrap on the floor when the fcuking trash can is NEXT TO YOU YOU FCUKING LITTER MORON FCUKS. Keep the fcuking city clean and we don't have to pay too many fcuking taxes to pay the sanitation department. excuse my french

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

    We are a target. This is not paranoia. This will be our reality from now on. We cannot relax. Our world has changed. Yes, there will be copycats and false alarms. There will also real terror attepts. We must be ready and cautious. The NYPD and others are doing a superb job of keeping people safe. If you want to name call and doubt the reality of our times, you must be living under a rock. It's time to grow up, be smart and do our best to live well, yet be cautious.

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

    It's an illegal immigrant...

    May 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sickup and Fed

    Well if they are going to do something at least they picked the right spot to do it. There is a higher concentration of liberals and illegals there than anywhere else in the country so if we MUST take a hit, hit us there...

    May 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. philly girl

    I love New York too but it's better in Philly.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ANNIE

    Death sentence should be imposed at once.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. evil biker

    Here we go hold onto your butts now everything left on the street will be an ied..... they should check the bums living in times square for bombs. I hope it was only a cooler of corona beer left over from the cinco de mayo parade.....

    May 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Patriot from the US

    BOOM BOOM OUT GOES THE LIGHTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cdizz

    Its a cooler!!!! Did anyone happen to look inside and see if it's a nice cold six pack of Miller... someone could have been happily sitting there drinking a cold one, but instead they're evacuating the streets. Bummer. I guess it's better to be safe than sorry, it could also be some fireworks and gasoline... ha!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Linda

    My prayers are with all

    May 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. michelle

    I feel for New Yorkers. They just can't get a break from the constant fear of terrorism.
    Be vigilant friends..and be safe!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. userman12

    I think that they are going about this in the most appropriate way they can. I mean if something suspisous showed near your home you would want people out there to look at to make it wasn't going to harm your family and friends. This is no different NY has milloins of people and why risk something you could have stopped. DUH!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Collin

    glad I don't live there way too much paranoia

    May 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
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