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. Garrison

    what's scary is that every time a cooler pops up in an urban area we're going to have to evacuate the whole place– at some point this is going to become unbearable, the economies of big cities can't tolerate this kind of crap happening on a weekly basis.

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

    Maybe someone leaving the Marriott forgot to put their cooler in the car? We can hope right!

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

    IT could be as simple as someone making multiple trips for a convention or meeting, or it could be something real. I think the fact they didn't evacuate the hotel probably means it's nothing but scary nonetheless. Times Sq is too crowded and makes it too easy to perpetrate this even if its just intended to scare people. i dont know what the new police strategy will be.

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

    Don't know why alot of people commenting are calling this "paranoia"....apparently they don't know what the word means...look it up.....

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

    Unless you live or work in NYC... or have lived or worked in NYC... or have relatives and/or friends who live or work in NYC may I suggest keeping your mouth shut. Your ignorance is not appreciated. While we may choose to live here – we don't choose to have scares (or the real thing) happen to us nor do we like it. It disrupts our lives in many ways- physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially.

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

    The beer will explode if it gets hot enough.

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

    Its a 12 pack of Tab cola, RUN!

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

    next thing you know they will be blaming Bush.

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

    Sounds like another event for the media to blow out of proportion to encourage more nuts to try it. Must be a quiet news day for the media!

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

    How often does a terrorist attack happen?? And you people think that there is going to be consecutive terrorist attacks in the same week?? This is obviously set up by our own government to inject fear into the hearts of every american (which doesn't even deserve to be capitalized anymore) and take their attention off of important issues like the oil spill. Either that or they do it so they can make new laws, which enslave us even more to our land. We are all so caught up in the system it's not even funny. And to make matters even worse they have the media brainwashing us so that we don't even realize what the government is really doing. And if you guys don't believe that 9/11 was set up then there is no hope for you. After 9/11 happened they brought in a "black" president, like thats gonna make things better??! ITS ALL A TRICK PEOPLE. YOU ALL NEED TO PERMANENTLY TURN OFF YOUR TELEVISION SETS AND THINK FOR ONCE. I can go all day but I think that's enough for now.

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

    When the bomb squad finally has the balls to open it, ill take a coors light....There should be one or two left at the bottom of the cooler.

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

    Dovesangle – in Times Square there are so many people on a daily basis that even with increased security and the numerous security cameras (average of ten per block) it is, sadly, perfectly feasible for someone to not be seen. I live in New York City and am currently just a few blocks away from Times Square, so this is very scary on a personal level.

    However, I have to commend the NYPD for the increased security in the subway systems. It really does make you feel safer.

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

    Someone forgot their coke or six pack. Or maybe a frozen biological specimen or weapon of mass destruction. Let us be nice and return it to them.

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

    Could be as simple as a hotel guess forgetting their cooler, or as bad as a terrorist trying to blow up NY to smitharines it is up to the authorities to decide...Good Luck New Yorkers!

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

    I think paranoia is a good thing anymore, keeps us on our toes. I thing today's scare could be a test by some idiot to see how we would react or it could be a decoy for something else, but whatever it is, we should be proud of the American people for being aware.

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