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. marv

    F@*K NYC anyway

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

    Or maybe it's just a cooler that some dude forgot. I think there needs to be a little more indication of a threat before we go all out evacuation. Where does that silippery slope end? If any object that could hold a potential explosive is suspect, we better put all garbage cans, mail boxes, cars, purses, backpacks, coolers, brief cases, duffle bags and 10 gallon hats on the times square banned list. While we are at it, lets ban pencils too because they can be very sharp and could kill someone if you stabbed them in the eye with it.

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

    I'm just absolutely shocked at those of you who posted such blatant racially charged remarks. Are you really that ignorant? Yes the extremists are of Muslim decent, but how dare you paint every Muslim with the same brush. It's always the extremists that make the most noise, while the hard working, law-abiding innocents get all the blame. How about we paint every white male with the same brush as – serial killers, or pedophiles? Typically that's who it is. You don't see people calling for the 'round up' of every white male now do you? I'd hope not... in a FREE society. The importance of our intelligence community was assured by 9/11... and even more important now the vigillance that they show. It's not Paranoia.. it's Caution. Caution saves more lives than ignorance or complacency.
    Stay Safe New Yorkers

    May 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. I Actually Live Here.

    Right, in case anyone missed the follow up on the car bomb situation: THAT WAS NOT PARANOIA. Some Pakistani dude attempted to build a bomb and blow up a chunk of Times Square. Just because he built it badly does not make the cops paranoid.
    I live in the city. People here are not fearful and never have been– no one duct tapes their windows shut, or shuts themselves up in a basement. We all go about our daily lives, and trust the city to do what they think is necessary to keep us safe. So far they've done a pretty great job, despite all the criticism. I'm sure it's easy to sit in West Virginia or even New Jersey and roll your eyes and say "oh God, here we go again– blah blah blah, the objective of terrorism is fear and so on" but in the end, you're still watching it on your TV or reading about it in the paper.
    From the people that live here and have lived here for over a decade, keep the socio-political commentary to yourselves. It's lamely esoteric and insulting to the people that work every day to keep us safe.
    p.s. The "objective" of terrorism is killing people. If they were just trying to scare us, they would put on black masks and jump out from dark corners when we least expected it. Perhaps these little slogans and catch-phrases would sound better on a bumper sticker or on a paperweight in Michael Moore's office.

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

    The terrorists have won. All they need to do now is drop off random boxes, containers, vehicles, handbags, luggage, grocery bags, etc, in Times Square every day. They can mix it up and drop them off at places like the Empire State Building or in front of police precinct houses or government buildings some days. Eventually, the daily panics will either overwhelm life in the city or people will grow jaded and never see the *real* bomb coming.

    The terrorists have achieved exactly what they set out to do.

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

    they just say a white cooler. Could somebody have just left their lunch? I agree that it is better safe then sorry but come on, either they are not giving enough details or that is ridicoulous!

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

    not cool comment 334. not F-ing cool.

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

    GET THE HELL OUT OF NEW YORK PEOPLE DUH!!!

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

    all of you "new york haters"

    stop being jealous where you lives SUCKS!!!!!

    hot dogs are not 7 dollars, you are retarded.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Avi G

    Someone forgot to load while checking out of Marriott

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

    Did anyone else notice the 1:39 post from Faisal Shahzad?? If that was a joke it is not funny.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Concerned

    It is probably a fresh batch of Gulf Shrimp

    May 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gavin

    Things could REALLY get scary if they learned to stop sending Jihad-E-Coyote out with the ACME bombs.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Griff

    GO ROBOT!!!! X-RAY THE SH!T OUTTA THAT COOLER!

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

    Did iPhone capture this ?

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