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. Bram

    I'm Canadian and give very much of a damn what happnens to anyone living in our neighbour to the south. I respect and admire all of you tremendously and thank you for putting your lives on the line so that we can all live freely... just as our Canadian troops are doing in Afghanistan. Do what you need to in order to keep Western society safe. And know that you have many friends in MY country.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yar mum

    Fear, better safe than sorry, eh. Its going to be a flase allarm though. THE US NEEDS TO LEARN FROM THIS. It is no longer just airplanes, they have lost their symbolism, now it is the heart of big cities!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. exodus

    Maybe they caught the wrong guy or maybe some kids are lookin for a practical joke. But in all this why are news channels almost always looking for higher ratings?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kevin

    the same thing happened in Portsmouth New Hampshire , maybe its a Radical group whose trying to kill as many people as they can not necessarily Islamic extremeists

    May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andew Malone

    I think it is wrong for anybody to strike this off as paranoid. Even if it isnt a real threat after September 11 and the recent failed attempt they have a right to be paranoid. I would rather New Yorkers be paranoid then complacent or absent minded. Put yourself in their shoes before you spit off some comment about them being paranoid. That is an inconsiderate comment.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brian

    This is what it's come too? Ducking and covering because of a cooler? My goodness. Wake up sheeple! Your rights are being taken out from under you right before your eyes.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. osa

    How can you comment Paranioa?? Like we are so safe in America anymore.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. timessquarelawyer

    This happens every week or so and they are usually empty packages. Its only news now because of the car-bomber.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nosse

    Who else thinks its going to end up being empty?? But i have to agree there is nothing wrong with being overcautious.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. beqiku

    hey guys paranoia??? Be here in NYC like the rest of us and find out if it still feels like paranoia.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. R U KIDDING?

    "The Edge" YOUR A JACKA$$! I hope that one of your family members isnt around when the next attack that your wishing for happens.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ANONYMOUS

    THIS IS VERY DISTURBING, THAT WE THE HARD WORKING PEOPLE HAS TO LIVE LIKE THIS SCARED AND CANNOT LIVE OUR LIFE IN PEACE, BUT IT IS A GOOD THING FOR THE POLICE OFFICERS NOT TO TAKE ANY CHANCES, WE LIVE IN A WORLD OF CORRUPT PEOPLE AND WE CANNOT TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED, SO I AGREE ITS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY

    Posted by: SANDY

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    ROFLMFAO! now just imagine the constant fear all those iraqis live under because we drop bombs on em.....most of you people on here are pathetic crying about things for no reason.....grow a set of balls.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Baron Munchausen

    It's amazing that the same conservatives who support things like the Patriot Act but who live in places that are so inconsequential they'd never be made a terrorist target, are the same who call it paranoia when New York responds appropriately to a potential threat that is actually real. It's one thing to evacuate the town square in Biloxi over a cooler, and another to evacuate Times Square, a couple of days after an actual thwarted terrorist attack.

    It's crazy to me that people who have the luxury of seeing this threat entirely in their imagination are the ones who dominate political policy, at the expense of people who have actual experience of real life.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. amirs shah

    Is Pakistan denying this again? they were quick to deny Pakistani involvement on day one till they were shown the evidence. 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 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chino3672

    Skeaterrrrrrrrrr, obviosly doesn't live in NY. Way to go skeaterrrrrrrrr, you have just taken 1st place prize for most ignorant remark!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
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