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. megan

    I would rather them be cautious. I was working at the American Eagle in Times Square on that Saturday which is only one block away. While we knew it was a bomb, we were on lockdown until eventual evacuation and from what I witnessed the NYPD Were amazing at handling the situation. If it wasn't for a mounted cop and a street vendor who knew what would happen. I'd take this any day, then ignorance. If you are a New Yorker, you'd understand. I'm not working today, but friends of mine in the area are, and I'd rather them be safe than sorry.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. al sullivan

    It is the purpose of terrorists to create fear and disrupt people's lives, not particularly to kill them. In this regard, the authorities and the press help the terrorists.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nessa

    My Mom is over there and they haven't evacuated her building or any of the buildings.... Thank goodness they are paying close attention to it though... even if it turns out to be nothing at all... better safe than sorry...

    May 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ShivSena

    Don't confuse Due diligence with Paranoia. I only hope the media doesn't overplay this and create fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Me2

    Enlightened down at the bottom is an idiot.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. S Jones

    I find it amazingly immature that people could joke about something this serious. Try to picture your daughter or mother blown apart, one piece of her across the street, one leg blown through a car windshield, half her face blown through, the main parts of her burned beyond recognition. Can you picture the blood, body parts and debris that was once your beloved. Think about how you had just hugged her yesterday, and now she's gone for good. Think seriously about the funeral arrangements when they suggest a closed casket for whatever is left her. Does this sound the slightest bit funny to you still. Still think death is full of laughs?

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

    Oh well... I guess the news is going to be dominated with this BS for at least 2-3 weeks until people move on with their lives.

    Sadly enough, more people die from things like flooding, heart attacks, car accidents, falling down stairs, the common flu, etc every year in the US. However, this is where we're at right now in the US: Panicking about everything and everyone. Even after all the booga-booga about terrorism, this guy still was able to get on an airplane and didn't even show up on the no-fly list!

    Terrorism is a fact of life. Any nation that gets into the habit of nation-building and changing the lives of other nations has to expect it. If the US were truly concentrating on making the world free, the terrorists would show no interest in doing these idiotic things. We also cannot forget that there will always be crazy people, it doesn't mean there's a global terrorist conspiracy.

    Instead of spending billions of dollars on needless wars and 'homeland security' – The US could do a far better thing by investing in education and repairing infrastructure (rusting bridges & dams). The US spent billions so '9/11' wouldn't happen again, and then New Orleans was flooded killing almost 2000 people. It just goes to show that when it comes to priorities, the US has simply lost it's path.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. todd stevens

    Someone found a case of beer and they were desperate to enjoy it all themselves.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Goody

    Seriously? Has anyone BEEN to New York? Do you know how much random crap is on the streets at any given moment? A terrorist could just as easily drop a trash bag in one of the million piles of trash if they really wanted... What's interesting is that they don't.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. yo ass

    this is eric cartman saying Im giong to kick those bomers ass.

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

    I hope every one has their house in order because the revelations of the bible are coming to past and I hope that when the Lord comes back we all are ready...I know I am

    May 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GIZ

    Tell that to the family of thousand of people that died on September 11!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nic

    a white cooler... cool! hope thay find beers and get the party going... what a joke...

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

    Sorry... typo... I meant "paranoid," of course... before someone accuses me of not spelling it properly...

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