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 CNN.com 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.

Members of the bomb squad are now suiting up to get a closer look.

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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. Biff NyC

    I woudl have made the car bomb guy go open it up

    May 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Christopher

    People who don't live in NY don't understand. I live in Jamaica, Queens and I currently am enrolled at St John's University. Things like this need to be investigated. Yeah it annoys us that streets are closed and what not, but it's better than people being killed. People from most other states don't understand because no one is going to bomb a state like Wisconsin.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. QuiEtStoRm31

    Agree with "Someone"...due process should not apply. Burn 'em all!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Erick

    oh no! there's a cup in the trashcan, too!!! better get the bomb squad on that!!! gasp!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Texas

    Hope all goes well in Time-Square... Hope it is not a detour to look in the wrong place. "Am I watching to much TV?"

    May 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Greg

    Reminds me of the waves of bombings hitting France cities several years ago. At the end of the day, all trash cans were removed from public places, bags were systematically searched at the entrance of big stores and space under benches in commuter rail and subway were blocked off. Yes better safe than sorry...

    May 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. johnb

    it's probably one of those guys who sells bottled water for $1 a piece and he went to the bathroom.... he must have been very surprised when he came back.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pedro

    Carp. I forgot my lunch. Sorry people.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. osc

    OMG, its probably just has beer in it.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jodi

    I hope some person didn't leave the Marriott and just simply forgot his cooler behind when getting into his cab....

    May 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Heath

    The events of the past week have pretty much insured the expansion of the Ring of Steel from downtown to midtown. I'm guessing this will actually give the green light to expanding the ring even farther. I have no doubt that several industry insiders are wringing their hands in pleasure as this is really going to help fatten their pockets.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Al

    Better safe than sorry. I'm sure it's nothing...

    May 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. j

    Diversion perhaps? Copycat-most likely..NYC's blocks are tooo hot. Good thing I live in BK!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brian

    The bomb robot will open the cooler and pull out... two bottles of beer, FRIDAY!! 🙂

    May 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Efrain

    New York is overrated...

    May 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
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