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. William

    If people who live and/or work outside of the NYC area STILL cannot or will not comprehend or accept that NYC is a major target and deserves the lion share of funding available in connection with homeland security and the general police work needed to combat terrorism, I would like to know what planet they live on. SHEEESH!!

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

    @thatguy (#607) You're mostly wrong. Terrorists often fail - after all, they're insane. Yet, if we live in fear as a result, we grant them success whether they "fail" or not. Therefore, you're right that there's no point in being afraid. As FDR said: "The only thing we have to fear..."

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

    Paranoia? Yeah, if we keep thinking that it'll be 9/11 all over again..if anything its that reasoning, that people are thinking we are all being "too paranoid" is just what terrorists are hoping for..a perfect opening..let us forget 9/11 and they will be quck to remind us...so I guess that t-shirt guy was being "too paranoid" when he saw the smoke coming from that SUV? THANK GOD HE WAS PARANOID!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve Vance

    Maybe if we brought our troops home and quit stirring up trouble in places where we don't need to be they would stop retaliating against us!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nmsr

    I work 2 blocks away from TSq. and would rather be cautious and alive than stupid and dead.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wizzy

    Its a cooler full of beer!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rve

    I'm riding a furry tractor!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Vincente

    Holy moly. Why does this smell like a conspiracy to keep the people under control

    May 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jon

    I love people that think that the internet is any kind of solution.. sitting in your safe apartment judging the world outside.. too much fear and too much laziness.. got to love america

    May 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sergio Farfan

    Oh well, paranoia or not.... I see insurance going to the roof in New York City !
    Too risky ?!

    Let's chill and see what really is going on... I applaud the security measures by the way.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JAF, Omaha

    Hmmm. A color in front of a hotel. Free beer?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Will

    Is that where I left those beers? I hope they are still cold...

    May 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. shaddy alkhatib

    I think all this is tied up with what the gentlemen in Iran commented "women who wear immodest clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes."

    NOW I KNOW THIS ISNT AN EARTHQUAKE, but if your a firm believer that God exist, he has his ways of interacting to the world to show what is being done is wrong.

    So everyone should avoid doing the wrong, before something happens.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rj

    Paranoid?? Why don't you run down there and check out what's in it. I bet your story would change.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JD

    Thankfully it was a false alarm. But what about the poor guy who had his lunch stolen?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
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