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. hahahaha

    "But, the results were inconclusive." AKA... someone left their cooler of beer next to their hotel.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ryan

    Its probably filled with turkey sandwhiches, maybe some sodas, and some doritos. I could also see maybe some fresh fruit as well. I can't wait to find out.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bo

    Paranoia??? are you an idiot!!? after all that's been happening!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frank Di

    It is all a game. They know if they cause major destuction in the US we would unite. Even the tree huggers would want to nuke em. We would have to do it quickly though. The tree huggers forgot about 911 as soon as the debris was cleaned up.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bobby

    Would you call me paranoid if I demanded that every car that passes in and out of Times Square gets searched? Why? It would make everyone "safer" so it can't be paranoia right?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carl

    This is being done until people get used to and get tired of it. Eventually they will plant a real one as people become comfortably numb. We give too much away on the news, they know our every move, our fears, our plans . . . they have us wired, and they love watching us run around like Keystone Cops . . . how sad is that!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Drew

    My Natty Caddy!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Patriot from the US

    to 728, now thats funny

    May 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. exodus

    Hopefully the cooler if God forbid contains explosives is not left behind by someone who plans to benefit from the whole incident. God save us from all those trying to hurt us or those feeding upon our fears-and that could possibly include anyone.hmm

    May 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeroen


    It was not the cooler that made the news, but the evacuation order (with is has already been lifted). I think the NYPD handled that pretty well. It took them less then one hour and yes off course they are paranoia. An parent having to take care of one child is already often paranoia, consider if you have to take care of millions on people, then being paranoia is a good threat to have.

    Seems a tourist left it or something. Wonder if the poor fellow is going to have the be brave enough to reclaim his cooler 😛

    May 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jordan

    wow such ignorance and morons on this board

    May 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jon B

    Slowly, very slowly, its starting to sink in.
    You can't be addicted to oil and have public open market places.
    You can't whine about oil spills, then get in your oil fueled car or boat and drive to work.
    You can't have cheap labor from Mexico without illegal immigrants.
    You can't act like you promote "Green Energy" and then whine because your 10 million dollar mansions view of Cape Cod is littered with windmills.
    Everything is a trade off.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 2much

    I was wondering what happened to my lunch bag, sorry NYPD

    May 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Leah

    On 9/11 my brother worked in the South Tower. After the first plane hit the North Tower, he, along with many others, began to evacuate. They too were told they were being paranoid, and there was no reason to evacuate. They returned to their offices. He called our mom after returning to his desk. That was the last time we ever heard from him – and the last time I ever accused anyone of being paranoid when it could have saved their life.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Albert

    God, people can't work peacefully around here....

    May 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
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