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. Be Safe

    People crying paranoia are dumb. SO IS IT BETTER TO BE DEAD THAN SAFE??? Take a look around, current estimates have one in three muslims in the US having extremist ties. Good possibility that a muslim you are looking at right now wants to blow you up!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JIM

    BALONEY SAMMICH

    May 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NYresident

    You know, the rate of cancer here prolly has better chances of gettin us before a freakin bomb anyway, live the best you can and enjoy it.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    Evacuated? So the people in the picture standing in the intersection watching the police, are safe? REALLY!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anti-media

    Inconveinence???!!!!
    how many inconvienences are you willing to take for safetey???
    How many freedoms are you sheep going to give up.Did it ever occur to you that the terrorists are winning everytime we become reactionary tools that pass laws to "make us safer".

    May 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. laren

    Just another ploy from the U.S. government to install fear into the people so they can install more big brother cameras or bring a new law into effect taking away more of our privacy and freedom. Totally planted by the FBI or CIA . Wake up people!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TJ

    Definitely paranoia. "If you lived here you would know that this stuff is serious business..."
    Really Jonathon? And it's not serious business anywhere else in the world?
    If you're so scared living in NY...then you should probably move.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Taliban Leader

    I am checking to see where they evacuate everyone too. Place real bomb there next time. News reports give me all information needed.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Matt

    Really?! If you are not a New Yorker you have no idea how we live here....Now go back to farming or whatever you do in your podunk state.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chy03001

    It's not paranoia if there's actually someone out to get you.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bruce W

    It is better to be careful 100 times than to get killed just once.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nibaru

    Oh no! Someone found an abandoned water bottle! Flee!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HAPPYCAT

    SO MAYBE LAST SUNDAY WAS JUST A DRY RUN TO SEE HOW NY RESPONDS,
    CREEPY TO KNOW PEOPLE ARE JUST WATCHING AND WAITING FOR THE RIGHT MOMENT TO KILL

    May 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff B

    Will be interesting to see if this is simply home-grown shenanigans or if it's actual "terrorism" perpetrated by an Islamic extremist... Let's hope that, although thousands of New Yorker's feel new-found fear, it's not "terrorism."

    May 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    oh look a page out of the republican campaign guide, playing on the recent events to invoke fear in people

    May 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
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