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. Troy

    I'm thirsty. Oh no where did my water go???!

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

    Really, So with all the shopping that goes on in New York I guess the next thing they will do is prohibited shooping bags, backpacks, coolers or any bags that we carry??? God forbid we forget something!

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

    I don't think anyone who doesn't live here – in NYC – can possibly understand the daily anxiety and pressure: riding the subway and feeling trapped, walking the streets and wondering if something is going to blow.....

    after 9/11 my life has been completely on edge and everyday I don't wonder "if" I wonder "when"

    sirens blaring right now aren't helping....

    May 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jan nyc

    Who predicted the $1 water bottles...They should give you a prize...thats what it was...HOWEVER, next time we may not find water bottles...and serously some of you people need to open your minds to the reality that the U.S. doesn't live in a bubble and terrorist activities are possible here be it in NY, Kansas,'s possible anywhere get your heads out of the clouds!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Willow

    Maybe someone set it distracted...and walked off without it?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gina

    What did I say???? See, it was probably a guest who checked out of the hotel and forgot the cooler.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steven

    CS announcer:
    'Terrorists win'

    May 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Grog in Ohio

    I wonder who's citizenship Joe Lierberman wants stripped for this false alarm.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Uncle Sam

    Poster 829..... all too true Those of us that lived through 911 know too well not too take any threat lightly. As far as the WTC site, I still remember tourists smiling and posing for pictures in the few months after at the site, not having a bit of respect for all the lives that were lost there. You couldn't have said it any better...."ignorance prevails and you weren't affected by 9/11"

    May 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Matthew

    Paranoia - don't we all look stupid.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joshua Weikel

    oh, it wasn't a bomb? Let me show you my shocked face...

    :0 WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!??!?!??!?!?!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. the edge

    Jack Bauer saved NY again!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff

    Don't be naive. Water can kill you. Drowning, boiling, slipping on the ice...

    May 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. supacowa

    Damnit, Obama!!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. andrew

    people in this country need to lossen up and stop being so damn paranoid!!!!!!!!

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