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. Burt

    A cooler? Prolly just some guy's lunch. That being said, it's never too soon to start thinking retaliation. Are there any bustling squares in Iran? There must be some squares there, right? I mean where do they carry out the weekly stoning and honor killings???

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

    This is ridiculous paranoia at its best!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Jeanned

    This is such a shame..our lives have never been the same since 9/11 and OBL is laughing his arss off. Its just too bad that our government has let all of its citizens down, by not putting this country and its citizens 1st. instead of pandering to the enemy..and (PC) is going to take out country down!!!

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

    I can see the beer commercial already...

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

    it was karl rove, it left it there on purpose.......

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

    It's very obvious which posts here are from New Yorkers and which aren't. It's when the police don't take every precaution that something happens. I commend whoever spotted the package and reported it. I'm also grateful that the police are working hard to keep us safe. If evacuating people out of Times Square for a few hours can prevent something horrible from happening, then so be it. I can't believe after everything that's gone on in the past few days, months and years that some people have to audacity to say this is an over-reaction. Shame on you.

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

    The buildings in Times Square haven't been evacuated. The headline is overblown!!! You can't say 'Times Square is evacuated' when the buildings are full of people! Stop the hype CNN.

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

    What does anyone get killing innocent people? What is the mind set of these terrorists that give them the courage to do this such a heinous crime!! i always wonder and never understand...

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

    omg, someone says it's ok for cops to assume it's a bomb but not evacuate? priceless.

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

    Paranoid people.....10 bux says its not a bomb.

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  11. bob

    B P executivies left cooler for diversion from Oil Spill!

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

    Thank god America and NYC are more and more vigilant – don't worry though, the ACLU and liberals are working vigilantly to ensure no one can do anything that would actually protect us – let's just all en masse apologize to Islam, since clearly, as per the liberals, it is the only 'victims' here. Right.

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

    nuke em... get it over with. Turn their land into one giant parking lot.

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  15. vienners

    I'd rather be paranoid then dead!

    Posted by: ME
    Couldn't agree more. In any case we don't know if somebody is trying to see what happens as a dry run for a real threat. They should investigate and find the guy who left the coler there and arrest him.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
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