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. seyi Audu

    Nowadays everything makes the news!Are n't we living in fear???

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

    Bottle water? Seriously people this is ridiculous! It's all from a municipal source. Filtered tap water is just as good.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Griff

    Instead of just blindly posting "I hope this isn't a bomb!! Scary."
    Why not read the headline that says
    "All Clear, NYC is stupid, Cooler was full of water bottles."

    May 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tonk9298

    Hmmm....some poor shumuck left his lunch on the sidewalk and it shut down TIMES SQUARE....How funny. Should have had some random tourist take a peek inside before you spent 1,000's of taxpayers dollars on a lunchbox.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cait

    #826, where are you from? Are you from the NY area? Were you around here when 9-11 happened, or the bomb scare last week? It's not living in fear, it's better safe than sorry. I'd rather live in an area that evacuates and takes precaution than have another 9-11 happen.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lowell

    There was a day in America back when we were MEN that a cop would have just thrown that cooler into the back of a trash truck, and continued his foot patrol. Your POOR EXCUSE OF A CITY HAS WEAK, FEMINZED, AND INCOMPETENT administration.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Laura

    CB – if America is so horrid, then move your ass back "home". Just sayin'

    Boocat – many people across all 50 states are concerned about NYC now. Don't be an elitist horse's ass and act like everyone that doesn't live in NYC is stupid.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Reall?

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

    Posted by: Lowell

    May you die of Cancer of the scrotum you obviously dont have....

    May 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nacho

    You sound like a pompous jerk, keep your stupidity to yourself.
    The Rest of Society

    May 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. trinex

    Tomrrow i might lose my lunchbox in times square, maybe they will call in the national guard.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Richelle

    I work 2 avenues away and i'm glad theyre taking this seriously! So for those who think this is Paranoia... just's easier to say that when you won't be affected or live/work thousands of miles away.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Greg

    Bummer, no Budweiser...just water bottles.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve Philly


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  14. Jamie Maiello

    To whoever thinks paranoia is a bad thing or thinks the media blows things up out of proportion...As a New Yorker who witnessed the 9/11 attacks and knew people who died on that day, I am PROUD to know that the NYPD and FDNY are taking extra precautions ensuring the safety of our city and its residents. I really don't care if someone drops a purse or a bag of potato chips every single day and we have to evacuate. As long as lives are protected that is all that matters. Its disgusting that we have to live our lives like this, but I'd rather be alive and careful than dead.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. stupid

    Another person who wants to be on tv and see as a hero...

    May 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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