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.

soundoff (1,087 Responses)
  1. Ryan Lever

    Just another scare tactic another attack is for sure on its way.

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

    Probably someone's lunch. I'd guess whoever left it is on video from several different angles.

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

    A case of Miller Lite on ice..... That's going to be a good find!

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

    Today we salute you Mr. Rolling Cooler Cooler Roller!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. amirs shah

    Pakistan exports terror and then charges America for it. The government of Pakistan and their rogue spy agency encourage and even cultivate terrorism. Then they ask the USA for billions in aid.
    Once they get the aid the cycle starts again. When the corrupt rulers, military and the spy agency of Pakistan need money for themselves they call the terrorists to strike us again. And so the cycle continues. We should stop giving aid to Pakistan. Terrorism originates from there and is encouraged by the government. On top of all this they make the USA pay for it.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Biff NyC

    It's Prom could be a baby in there

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

    "immediate death penalty should be imposed for all terrorists and anyone related to it they are jeopardizing the lives of innocent people"

    Freemason, you need to have a more comprehensive view of the death penalty. If this indeed is ruled a terrorist act, and say perhaps this was conducted by an Islamic militant, than the death penalty is exactly what you don't want in this case. Jihad terrorists want to be put to death in order to become a martyr. Why would you want to grant these types of terrorists the only wish they carry?

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

    it's inevitable for something to happen, this is not paranoia, cautious yes

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

    its paranoia dont you think these terrorists would set the bomb to go off near people, no ne is ging to get hurt im bored watching this, i want some real news if i lived in new york id rn past those polic and open the damn cooler so i could go shpping its fake get over it its fake ill bet my life on it.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ssssh_it's_not_a_bomb

    I saw a cardboard box on my way to work this morning. It was sitting by the trash on the curb but it could have been a b-b-bomb. I should have called it in.....

    May 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Uncle Sam

    hey poster 458....we're on to you!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dennis

    Calm down everyone. Yes every incident is a reason for concern, but these are islamic fanatics involved ... not the most intelligent individuals. They occasionally make a mistake and do something right, but it is rare. Laugh at their ignorance and move on! This isnt some country as ignorant as the fanatic murderer, it is a country that actually thinks 21st century. Although that is degrading with the influx of illegal aliens/

    May 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jake

    This is ridiculous, someone needs to just go open it, 10 to 1 its just coca cola inside

    May 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. yo ass

    why would anyone kill kenny

    May 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. m@m

    blow up cooler

    May 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
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