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. Nate

    For those of you saying "better safe than sorry", I say "better sorry than safe." This is how the terrorists take our freedom from us. We need to all be prepared to die for our freedom and not give it away every time we see something that "could" be a bomb such as this cooler. Next time it will be an empty wine bottle with a paper bag around it which "could" contain plastic explosive. Better safe than sorry, right? How far will we take this and let our paranoia rule our lives and take away our freedoms. Terrorists can not take away our freedom, only WE can do that to OURSELVES with our paranoia.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. get THEM paranoid !

    I am getting sick and tired of these Allah warriors. Our justice system doesn’t scare them enough. Death penalty or any sentence from our justice system means a reward for them. That means our justice system is meaningless. Therefore, I think we have to use different measures when we are dealing with Islamic terrorists. I am of the opinion that every person sentenced to a crime related to Islam should automatically include a post-mortem penalty according to how General MacArthur handled it: Bury them with a pig !

    May 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. be real

    It is impressive to watch people leave posts when they do not even consider what it is like to be in the area or to be around a place that is a target. It is quite foolish to judge or look down upon anyone because of this. Go ahead, make the stupid remarks about the cooler....one day you will realize and look back to those you have judged....hopefully it won't be because something like this affected you.

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

    haha, thanks for the entertainment. TGIF...

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

    Bomb squad checkout out the cooler to find cans of RC Cola. FAIL.

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

    Economic terrorism. How much money do you think it cost the city to evacuate Times Square?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GM

    total Paranoia – and I live close to Times Square

    May 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. laura

    Leah, I am sorry for your loss. All these idiots posting stupid comments must not live or work or lost someone in this city due to terrorism. I work downtown and cannot wait to get out of the city today and go home!!
    All New Yorkers get home safe today!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jon

    "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?"

    apparently about 8 million

    May 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Patriot from the US

    TO 770: Come on, your really BO posting out here aren't you. Better hurry or you will miss your Tee time at the National GC.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michael

    Our son attends NYU and every time we see this we have to be a little stressed; we lost another son (18 years old) 5 years ago in a tragic accident, so we sit up and take notice when one of our other children may be in any danger whatsoever – try going through the death of a child and then try to be nonchalant about your remaining children and their safety.......I think these days there is no such thing as being "too cautious".

    May 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Greg

    I wonder if the cooler had Budweiser in it?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rve

    Loook at me I'm riding a furry tractor!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James

    I just return home from my third deployment in Iraq, and It's really crazy to fine the came thing happening in my country. I want to say GOOD JOB to all N.Y.D.P and to all other helping to keep Iraq out of the USA.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Carl

    THE NEWS MEDIA WILL BE OUR DEMISE, THEY MAKE THEIR PLANS ACCORDING TO THE NEWS WE GIVE THEM . . . WHEN WILL WE WISE UP AND GO COVERT!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
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