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. Donna

    You can joke all you want, but its better that they take precautionary measures than to ignore these instances, cuz you NEVER know!!! I have family in Times Square and yes, this does make you paranoid for their safety, but I'm glad they're on alert...

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

    its a real estate scam to get peole out of the area so it can become depressed and price will go down so trump can make more money

    May 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Psycho

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_resilience

    Resilience in psychology is the positive capacity of people to cope with stress and catastrophe. It also includes the ability to bounce back to homeostasis after a disruption. Thirdly, it can be used to indicate having an adaptive system that uses exposure to stress to provide resistance to future negative events

    Resilience can be described by viewing:

    1. good outcomes regardless of high-risk status,
    2. constant competence under stress,
    3. recovery from trauma, and
    4. using challenges for growth that makes future hardships more tolerable.

    All of above is lacking at NYC at present !

    May 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dontcareforNYimnWA

    ny is full of scared lil people that have no bravery only brave ones where there the day of 9/11 now watch the other container that they should have noticed but instead got distracted is going to blow up have fun with that one NY i hate all of you cuz ur scared lil girls....i want rreal news dammit

    May 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Matthew

    I live in New York. This IS paranoia.

    A smoking SUV is one thing...a small cooler? Please.
    "Wow, I wish people would start using the trash cans to throw their stuff away instead of causing a national panic!"

    So the next terrorist attempt is going to be a bomb in a shopping bag in a trash can. Should we get rid of trash cans in Times Square? Give me a friggin' break. One of my offices is in Times Square and one of my favorite bars as well...I'm not going to jump every time there's a piece of litter blowing by. GET A GRIP, PEOPLE.

    Don't you realize that THIS is the actual intent of the terrorists? To make us all live in fear. You don't NEED a terrorist attack to kill people for it to be successful...you just have to make people terrorized – literally the definition. Guess what, today just PROVED that Saturday's "attack" was wildly successful even if it didn't hurt anyone.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. johanna

    yesip621@aol.com – how do you propose the NYPD determines what is a clear threat and what isnt?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David

    you know for NYers to be such bad ass rude people, they are sure scary whiny paranoid people

    May 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tony

    ok guys ... seriously give my family half the money you spent on the evacuation and robots and all this other crap..

    If you gave us even half the money you spent on that I will walk up and open a stupid cooler.. if I die OH WELL.. Everybody dies sometime don't be so scared about dieing.. it happens

    May 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dontcareforNYimnWA

    for real

    May 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. the edge

    damn, false alarm. i'd get off that island for good if i were you.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bobby

    LOL. Epic fail. I can't wait until we have a fanny pack bomb scare.

    There should be a credible threat before something is considered a possible bomb, otherwise how do you decide what to investigate and what not to? We can't just assume all unattended items are bombs, it would bring times square to a halt, and it would no longer be times square as we know it and are trying to protect it.

    You people have to realize if we took the position that from now on, all unattended items in times square require evacuation and bomb squad that we would end up with an empty area indefinitely.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cdizz

    Good thing it wasn't a cooler full of water bottles that shutdown New York... Could you imagine how silly Americans would look.... HA! Jihad

    May 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sillyme

    We don't build our airplanes to be as safe as space shuttles. The reason? Cost. So we save a huge amount of money by allowing some people die in plane crashes every year. Is it justified? I think it is.

    Terrorism is an organized crime, just like drug trafficking. Do we put all our resources into fighting drugs on the street? No, we don't. If it's OK if hundreds of pounds of cocaine come into our street, why not let a few bombers fulfill their wish.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gildagra

    sounds like some sort of test to me..... this + the van thing.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. johanna

    yesip621@aol.com – how do you propose the NYPD determines what is a clear threat and what isnt? And congratulations for having bigger balls than me, I commend you.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
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