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. USA SUX DICK

    They just need to kill congress and start a new straight government.
    One that doesn't lie to us.
    Oh yeah America I want to know why we have so many nuclear warheads (5,000) and counting, Why do you get mad at other countries for having one.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mr.hankey

    fart fart fart bush did it with bom person

    May 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mrs. Ward

    Having been to Iraq three times, I am thankful at the steps being taken to ensure safety. The Terrorist cells are watching our every move. It is very likely that they are recording our ERS, literally! It would not be unlikely that a terrorist group would randomly abadon an empty white cooler for several reasons. The first being that they want to observe how we react. The second reason would be to make us feel that we are overreacting. If this is a hoax....guarantee the next one won't be!

    In case you are wondering why would they be recording our every move...the next the obvious possible bomb more than likely won't be the actual bomb however, the real bomb would be place very near by and very well hidden.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BC659

    Probably something very innocent and not dangerous. Nerves are still frayed but better safe than sorry.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chase

    seems to me like people are starting to become overly paranoid

    May 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. iceatea

    Rush Limbaugh and Karl rove were getting together to have a beer.....they forgot it there....

    May 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joelan3

    It is always better to check everything out instead of just brushing it off. Better safe than sorry. I tend to think these events are beginning to be diversionary tactic. Did they ever find out why the guy in the Uhaul decided to bolt and leave the Uhaul by the triboro Bridge.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SONIA

    Time to start kicking people out of this country. I know who I would start with...

    May 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MeanGene

    Hey New York, I have had the pleasure to visit your fine city. I know this has to be a pain to deal with, but as many of the people have said here, its better to be safe than sorry. I live in Dallas, but I love NY, and have a great deal of respect for its features, and the fine people who reside there,,,,,

    May 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. amirs shah

    OMG OMG OMG, not again? Pakistan exporting terror?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. IRON MAN

    TONY STARKKKKK....YOU THEREEEEEEEEEEEE ???

    May 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Despotism

    You know once I was camping and came across a cooler by an old campfire. I didn't think about it but you know what I bet it was a terrorist PLOT! I should have contacted the local law enforcement and had the entire camp ground and surrounding area shut down. OMG I just realized MY LIFE was in danger, I need to take some Valium now I can't believe how close I was to DEATH!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve Cunningham

    I love the "iReport.com: Are you there? Send photos, videos" – well, you shouldn't be, since it's evacuated, duh.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Carla

    It's someone's lunch

    May 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BJ

    Get Jack Bauer on it. He'll Solve this in 24 Hours. Instead of 54 hours.

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