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[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:
[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.
[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.
Nowadays everything makes the news!Are n't we living in fear???
Bottle water? Seriously people this is ridiculous! It's all from a municipal source. Filtered tap water is just as good.
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."
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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....
You sound like a pompous jerk, keep your stupidity to yourself.
The Rest of Society
Tomrrow i might lose my lunchbox in times square, maybe they will call in the national guard.
I work 2 avenues away and i'm glad theyre taking this seriously! So for those who think this is Paranoia... just stop...it's easier to say that when you won't be affected or live/work thousands of miles away.
Bummer, no Budweiser...just water bottles.
IT'S WATER! EVERYBODY SCRAMBLE!
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.
Another person who wants to be on tv and see as a hero...