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.

Members of the bomb squad are now suiting up to get a closer look. Are you there? Send photos, videos See photos from Times Square

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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. David

    SEE it's all about PARNOIA!!

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

    for real this is offending me how can police be so retarded walk up and open the d@mn cooler take out a soda and chillax cuz you did your job like a real man instead of wasting hours and hours of my tax money

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

    What is this world coming to? Seriously...

    May 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wicked Waldo

    Pretty sure it's a ploy by the Republican Party to Scare everyone into voting for the GOP Remember the DICK Cheney used these tactics all through the Bush Regime. Fox news did it by raisng a terror alerts they came up with to keep to keep all the Band Wagoners and Tea Party idiots afraid. Grow up people and open your eyes!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Patriot from the US

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wanted to see a KABOOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Ok, I believe this is definently Paranoia. Yea it could be a bomb, just like somebody could be walking by the hotel with a bomb in their purse too. I mean to shut down a whole area? that causes more of a scare than anything because chances are its not a bomb. Now if it blows up Im definently wrong and they were right lol. But to cause a panic like that makes the moral of a city go that much further down because now their not just worried about people going to rob them or some other regular crime, but now its a scare of being bombed!

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

    I'm not saying it shouldn't be checked out, but I doubt it is anything. If it was a bomb, I seriously don't think whoever left it there would set it to explode 1-2 hours later. That's too much time to evacuate and figure it out. It's probably some poor construction workers lunch.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TS NYC

    it was just a water cooler. "All clear" according to our building.

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

    I love Lamp ..............

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

    mets rock

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

    "Paranoia??? Are you kidding me, do you live in Manhattan? I doubt it..not much happens in Podunk states now does it?

    Posted by: Matt"

    Plenty of things happen here, just we get ignored in the media by every hint of mass hysteria there. Point in case, over 20 confirmed dead from flooding in Tennessee last week, 0 confirmed dead from last week's bomb scare, 0 confirmed dead from today's. Its simply an issue where people there assume they're more important than the rest of the country.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Big Tex

    People, whether this thing was a bomb or not it's starting to feel like taunting. Like they are showing us how close to us they can really get. It's kinda disturbing to me.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sean

    I'm curious as to what type of cooler causes X-rays to be "inconclusive". What could possibly show as inconclusive? Cheese?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. OooOoo

    yall Cidiots

    May 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Despotism

    I like how hey call it a "PACKAGE" when it was a cooler all along.. Nice way to backpeddle CNN... We can't have a Report saying "All-clear given on cooler in Times Square"


    May 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
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