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.

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  1. Cody

    OK, I'm scared. Locking myself up in my panic room with lots of plastic and duct tape.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wxslayage


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  3. rob base

    Guess I'm gonna sell those Broadway ticketsa I had!!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan

    Again...... inside job

    May 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Elmo B


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  6. AshyAsh

    It could just be paranoia... I really hope it is anyway!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. deb

    Paranoia??? You obviously don't live in New York City. What a stupid comment for you to make.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ken

    btw didnt some guy just get stabbed to death left on the street in nyc and people walked around him and i think someone even kicked at him and left him for dead – if only that guy had left a box next to him someone would have called the cops...

    more sarcasm

    May 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Savannah Margeson

    We've been having many sad days here in America for the past decade almost. I hope we can all come together and defeat this hatred.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jackie williams

    hope it turns out to be just a copycat! there's some sick people in this world.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Say What?

    Job security for our city worker!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mary

    God bless us all !!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Watch out for any packages. UPS guys included.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rob

    It's a box full of Brendan Fraser's Furry Vengeance DVDs. God help NYC.....

    May 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. California

    Maybe, but what if.....would you take the chance?

    May 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
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