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.

soundoff (1,087 Responses)
  1. rj

    again – all tough talk from people sitting hundreds of miles away from the city. easy to call people paranoid from afar.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mel

    I never understand why New York is always the target,for some reason, people think that New York = America... Are they aware that there are 49 other states....

    I feel that these threats are probably warnings, and/or practice runs as opposed to
    actual intented attacks.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Griff

    did you guys hear?!
    The Lord Jesus Christ was hit by a car?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gina

    Since it was a cooler, left in front of the Marriott, maybe it was a guest that checked out and had a cooler with drinks or food and forgot it when they got into the cab. It could be a very innocent thing, however, you have to be cautious about this, regardless....only makes sense.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LdyDragonFly

    The arrogance and ignorance is astounding here in this country. We (as a general populace here in America, though there are the few that make the attempts to do otherwise) expect other countries to speak Enlish when we go to visit them. We think bombs are for 3rd-world countries and that is simply doesn't happen here. And everyone has an opinion on the cuff of their sleeve to flick at everyone - starkly uneducated or otherwise.
    We have Americans that think the Gettysburg address is a physical address of a place or a building (It was a speech, by the way) or stupid enough to think that you need a passport to go to New Mexico (New Mexico is ours, Mexico is not part of the United States).
    We think that only a narrow, tiny group of people hate us as a country (wrong). We think we are above reproach (wrong). And we think we are the wealthiest of nations on Earth (wrong). We also think that we keep the world at a distance and that this land is ours (by the way, quietly China has been buying up American land for years... not a paranoid view, this is fact and we owe quite a bit of money to China who has bought our debt over the years).
    So, when there's a possiblility of harm to you or your fellow man and the authories are actually acting on it to keep you and others from harm, stop being a shallow, self-centered overly-opinionated someone-or-other and try to grasp that even the mundane has potential for disaster.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gayle

    Come on.........please people grow a brain! What better way to keep you all under control than to cook up a bunch of false jihadists, fake a bunch of bomb threats, and send the script to CNN to be read to the world at large so everyone can have a piece of the fear? This is standard operating procedure for NWO thugs. This way when the call martial law on you folks, you'll all be marching like lemmings to the camps. WAKE UP!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ShivSena

    Agreed 830! The inside of the cooler has a sticker that says "Obama 2012"

    May 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ryan

    Hey honey, where's the cooler at? Did you bring it up? Uhhhhh...Ummmmm... Our cooler is on TV, surrounded by bomb squad dudes!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Karen

    I think these bomb threats are a big distraction, and many more to come so terrorists can keep watch on us-one day have emergency crews in the wrong location to wreack havoc when we least expected.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fyi

    poster #750:

    ....thanks for sharing that, and sorry for your loss.

    Better safe than sorry people. If I notice someone sit a cooler down....and then hop into their car or a cab....then I would wonder too. Especially during times like these.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hlc

    All of you people crying 'Paranoia!' would likely be the first ones to claim that somebody screwed up if these packages really were explosives and the authorities never bothered to investigate. In the wake of a recent bomb threat in the same area, can't we all agree that its smarter and safer to investigate potential threats than to assume there is nothing in them?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Citizen X

    Water Bottles...........lol

    May 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brian

    I can't believe people are so insensitive to this sort of thing. I do not live in NY, but I can only imagine how people feel when their lives could potentially be at risk. I wish people would quit acting like this is a joke and understand that the police are looking out for the safety of people and our nation.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cdizz

    I was hoping for some good news, not this "All Clear" crap. I wanted to see some explosions and headline worthy news... New Yorkers suck. Thansk for ruining my news day.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gold Lemons

    Sounds to me like the cops wanted to have an exclusive party in the middle of time square, but once that beer fetchin' robot came back with a water bottle, they knew they had been foiled again.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
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