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. Burt

    There is so much going on in Times Square at all times, it'll be impossible to separate what people elsewhere in the US view as "normal" from the crazy, everyday live of NYC.
    If it's something, i'm glad they found it. If it's nothing, then I'm glad too.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mavericksheikh

    Is this for real?? I mean seriously what is going on here?? When are these stupid people gonna stop. Enough of this terrorist non-sense. I would no feel sorry if US bomb the C&@p out of all terrorist and people who support them.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |

    what the hellpie?

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  4. Emma

    Better safe than sorry.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Matt

    Dirty undies Dude. The whites.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kevin

    I hope this is just mass hysteria, and we can all laugh at the seemingly over reaction of the NYPD. If not, I hope it all turns out OK.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jennifer

    Geez, people need to get a life and stop doing crap like this. Don't they have anything better to do than put bombs all over? It's ridiculous!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mary

    oh god not again!! hope all is well.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CLR

    This is so frustrating! I am sick of this already. I can't live in fear every day...

    May 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anonymous

    Better safe than sorry.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anonymous

    Paranoia or not, better to be safe than sorry.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jaime

    Another false flag terror attack to distract the public from the devastation in the Gulf. Lame.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Look Out

    It's not paranoia if they are truly after you.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pamela Eberhardt

    God willing it's paranoia. Cause I work in Times Square and I don't feel like getting blown up today.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Skeat-er

    well duh of course its better to be safe then dead but G-dam

    May 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
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