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.

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  1. the edge

    R U KIDDING? #657 You just made the list!

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

    i hope all of the unappreciative, accusatory, jokesters who are posting comments about being paranoid amongst other accusations feel ashamed of yourselves. this is no time for ignorance or joking around. if you think this is a good time to crack jokes, you can thank yourselves for being the root of all pain in society today.

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

    I work on 52nd and broadway, I am glad they are checking it out.

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

    Yep... it was paranoia.

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

    I do live there and you cant live life scared. This shouldnt even be news CNN unless something is actually found. Thanks for spreading nation wide panic.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eric, Cleveland, Ohio

    Precautions like this have to be made. This is nothing compared to the media hype that would occur if this is a real bomb that detonated, and people didn't do anything. I can see Nancy Grace throwing everyone from hot dog vendors to the President under the bus for failed security.

    I have no issue with people doing what they're paid to do for the safety of the civilians.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. missing a cooler

    Right that guy. terrorists never fail. ever. in the history of America terrorists have always succeedeed. always.

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

    This is why we need more police officers. Keep up the good work NYPD. No other department has to deal with stuff like this on this kind of scale. Thanks finest.

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

    I think terrorists laugh at us every time they see us panicking over every little thing... that is what makes them think terror works, because obviously it does.. American's have been losing their minds ever since we learned we aren't protected under an invisible shield anymore

    May 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lisao

    The fear factor is part of a terrorists MO.It seems to be working.

    The TImes Square would be bomber should be tried and charged with treason. Treason is still punishable by death in the UK..

    I also suggest that the Immigration Dept. start to close the borders to Middle Eastern countries. WHen I lived in NYC in the early 90's, I swear that a cab driver I had was one of the people involved in the first attempt on the WTC. I recognized him on the TV....
    Honestly, what do they contribute to American society, one that they hate!?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. david

    it was the terrist they did it we need more war ont hem

    May 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gayle

    come on people.....don't you see what is going down here? Both of these incidents has false flag written all over them? Who better to terrorize than the already paranoid people of NYC? This is preparation for fascism in America.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gOLE

    Moslem jihadi (real moslem ), is behind that. Do some thing .Wake up America.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Anton

    This is not called paranoia. Its called terrorism. Why do you think this word starts with terror?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Robin

    Wow... don't know who scares me more...terrorists or Americans that have forgotten what those days in September 2001 were like....

    May 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
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