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. Concerned

    In a related, but equally alarming story, Yellowstone Park is beng evacuated. It appears that two cigarette butts were found near the entrance of the men's room at the gift shop.

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

    EAC: They posted this to warn people just in case something big happend

    May 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe Momma

    nice waste of money NY, wtg!

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

    You people are calling it paranoia, but what would you have called it had that idiot with the car bomb succeeded? And then you have the guy driving the bus with a bomb to NYC...paranoia?....hmmmm

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

    Are there any MEN left in that city? A cooler, really? A SAD and PATHETIC citywith WEAK and FEMINIZED police force.

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

    posting #711 may be a terrorist suspect!. investigate that user!!

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

    We are glad ignorant America is being shown the threats still remain despite the security & intelligence efforts put in place. One day there will be yet another 9/11 catastrophe & you may think of it as retribution for all those you have killed overseas...better known as karma. Jazak Allah khair.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Salt Lake City

    I would rather some action be taken than to have innocent lives taken. I hope it is a false alarm.

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

    ok people really need to breathe. i agree with the paranoia, but i really think that people seem to underestimate how much the US govt knows about prospective terrorist attacks...i bet we all would be surprised....

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

    Hope all is ok in NYC. For the folks who think this is a must have voted for Obama. Maybe they can throw some stimulus at it or have a hearing. Please make sure you don't offend Islam whatever you do.

    Hey CNN. You could help by placing a want ad on for "ANYONE WITH A BRAIN" report to Washington D.C.

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

    dear america:
    then and than are different words.
    saying "better safe then dead" suggests that after being safe, your next preference is to be dead.
    the correct phrase would be "better safe than dead", which creates a comparison.

    read more, less tv, please.

    glad everyone is okay and happy that my taxes are funding a full "protect and serve" doctrine. thumbs up, nyc!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |

    Actually "Johanna" I work about 5 blocks away from there and I wasn't worried at all. I think everyone is panicking too much, we need to keep our eyes open and pay attention to everything instead of focusing our energy on one thing. While everyone was going crazy about that cooler, something could've blown up somewhere else.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. laura

    # 812 You are an idiot...

    May 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TC

    Bud Light – The beer that has everybody running to get more
    Great advertising

    May 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Paranoia Camp

    Congrats to those who love to live in fear. It was bottled water. Have a good day.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
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