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. PJS

    Having lived and worked in London during the IRA bombing campaign, this is the only way. You cannot leave anything to chance. I now live in Manhattan and am glad to see nothing is being left to chance

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

    I heard the cooler contains the frozen head of Walt Disney, it was lost on a trip from Florida to New York.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Blow me

    It's probably some construction workers lunch. The only thing they will find is a bologna sandwich and a couple of gatorades. C'mon people, light'n up

    May 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anthony Michael's

    Let's not let these evil people get to us!
    Chill, look around, see something happening that doesn't look right, report it!

    Faith, hope, looking out for each other, the evil shall not defeat our freedoms in this great nation!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. the edge

    We need to be attacked, it will be an eye opener ... then we can get back to killing these clowns. THEY ARE NOT DONE WITH US!! Sorry NY, you're just an easy target.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Syphon Filter

    I am in Wall street right now, heading towards time square. Will give a full report on what is going on, and what the people and the commuters are saying in that area.

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

    I'd like to know is what the government is secretly doing while the attention of the masses is focused on this situation. I do not buy that this or the situation last week was the result of terrorism. I am not a pessimist or a conspiracy theorist, I am a realist. And the truth is terrorists do not fail. They thoroughly plan to achieve a goal and it works. They do not make bombs that do not explode or leave boxes lying around. This bomb scare situation is the same as the anthrax situation after 9/11. I work several blocks away from Times Square and I am not afraid because I know if something were to happen it would be without warning. There is really no point in being afraid.

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

    Considering I live just 2 blocks away, it is way better to be safer than sorry. So eveyrone saying its paranoia.... you probably live on some farm in the middle of no where and have no place commenting.

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

    And all the NYC real estate developers slap their foreheads. Who wants to live in a place where two bomb threats happened in less than two weeks?

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

    if anyone was involved in any terrorist attacks or anyone knowing any information should have the penalty against direct conversation of the terrorist, they should have been killed on spot.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Patriot from the US

    Anyone see my Camel

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

    To Mike (posting 104), sadly, you are right. You and all the other men and women in the military should be here, with us, protecting us and your own families, instead of being forced to fight multiple wars that cannot be won to save people who don't want to be saved from themselves.

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

    I hear it's just tube socks and a tube of tooth paste

    May 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lily C.

    I do live in NYC and I am not scared. I can't live my life in fear, and neither should anyone else. Being careful is fine, being overly cautious to the point where we stop our day and go into hysteria lets terrorists win, as well as government officials who want to take away our freedoms. I feel safe here even though I realize city may be a target to those who wish to harm us, however I feel that those people are few and far between with limited means to do so.

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

    It may be paranoia, but I totally understand. This is serious business; and if those making fun of this situation lived in New York and went thru all the New Yorkers have been thru these last few years, they would be concerned, too. Don't criticize until you have walked in the other person's shoes. I worked in a federal building on that faithful September 11. Although our building was not the one hit, the terror we all felt was very real. The extra precaution security took afterwards was NOT paranoia–it was for safety of Americans.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
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