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.

soundoff (1,087 Responses)
  1. Benjamin

    Maybe MacGruber is needed to come in on this one...

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

    This is a Bud Light commericial. The robot opened the cooler and picked up a Bud Light. Then it transformers into a human like robot and drinks it. Then all of Times Square parties like its New Years Eve.....

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

    ...and all you guys making jokes about terrorism and how america is running scared...well, i'm assuming ignorance prevails and you weren't affected by 9/11. ny's a stronger city because of it but there's still a hole here, and theres still too many of our brothers and sisters protecting our freedom. Paranoid...oversensitive...or careful and cautious? some of your comments are sickening.

    and mike...up in afghanistan, take care brother

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

    You just know the bigwigs at FOX were hoping it was more than water bottles.....They'll find a way to blame Obama for this anyway.....

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

    who would have thought a water cooler contained water bottles!!!

    when will you people wake up to the fact that your all very scared puppets!
    time to get over the fear and live a little i think!

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

    As stated - "immediate death penalty should be imposed for all terrorists and anyone related to it they are jeopardizing the lives of innocent people"

    Amen, Let the government find them guilty and then punish them.
    This is no joke. If it is, lock them up for a long time.

    However there seems to be too many attorneys that seem to make this look like it's the government's fault. Lock up the attorneys too.

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

    Right on to Iworkintimessquare

    May 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hot rocket

    4 blocks evacuated? Was that really necessary? Boy it going to be a long summer if the wind picks up and blows some boxes around. I agree precautions need to be made, but this drastic over a cooler?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cdizz

    Go Jazz!!!!! Beat the Lakers Tonight... oh wait, wrong article...

    May 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pablo montagna

    STUPID !!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. laura

    great point post 810.I agree!! All these fools posting stupid comment from far, far away

    May 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kieth Richards

    Along these lines WHY is health care top priority, what about the troops health care. Here's the solution, we don't need another vietnam. Bring them home NOW.. OR... Storm Iraq and Afghanistan with all we got, stick a flag in each one roman conquest style, and call it state number 51 and 52. And tell the terrorists, any more trouble, and we bomb Mecca and their entire family. Make it unthinkable to attack the USA. No more BS.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary W

    Here we go again!

    Not only is it up to NYPD but everyday citizens to be on the lookout for such unwelcome terrorist ploys.

    I hope this isn't a bomb.

    Gives me the creeps!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. laura

    great point post 810.I agree!! All these fools posting stupid comments from far, far away

    May 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 2mot

    Over 600 responses. WOW All kinds of speculation. For those of us who are not standing near the cooler, why don't we wait for facts?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
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