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. Larisa Kutuyev

    Its better to be pronounced paranoid than dead.God blessed those guys who keep us safe.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nic

    this is exactly what the terrorists want. they want the western world to panic for anything that is "out of the norm". it's a lunchbox and a tote bag people. chill out!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James

    I left my lunch box outside my office... better evacuate!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. friday

    That's some scary bottled water.

    Safety First! Keep up the good work, NYPD etc.

    False alarms are good in a way. They are like real time training exercises.

    GOD bless America!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JT

    The "terrorists" have won.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jen

    Eric: Panic over every little thing? Before this incident, the last time someone "panicked" over smoke coming out of car, it turned out to be a bomb, a poorly constructed one, but a bomb nonetheless. I think I understand what you're trying to say, but then, what's the answer? Ignore the signs? In an age when bad things are acutally happening and not always false alarms, what's the answer the problem you're raising?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Som

    Sad to see America so frightened, the so-called Super Power....

    May 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michael

    The U-Haul truck on the JFK Bridge and now this seem to be pointing toward a series of dry runs. These should be investigated to the nth degree

    May 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Raul

    Am proud to be an American India, but sad to see that the Nationalism spirit is missing these days. No one at work or other public places dares to crticize the terrorists or their acts. No one celebrated when the Terrorist Shahzad was caught.

    We have become too concerned about what others woudl think . I tell all americans to proudly criticize the terrorists and glorify our Men and Women who are putting their lives in line to protect innocent people.

    How long will we shy from the fact that there is a war not between US and Afghan or Iraq...there is a war between Muslims and Christians/Jews/Hindus.
    Has anyone heard yet, that a Christian/Jew/Hindu Terrorist blew up a bomb at a public place killing thousands of innocent people?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. d

    Water bottles....Wow...

    May 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ben Stiller

    Remember the movie "Meet the parents" it was before 9/11 but Ben figured it out !
    "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb bomb " he used that line in airport 😉

    May 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. andrew

    if a pop bottle was to be left outside of a police station they would say it was a bomb!!! really they are paranoid!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cdizz

    Dear MB (Posting 889),

    Here is a number for the closest U-Haul rental place. Quit, your crying and move it's so hard to live there. You big baby!!!!!!!!! 🙂 Ha!

    562 W 23Rd St
    (@ 11 Av-Chelsea)
    Manhattan, NY 10003
    (212) 620-4177

    May 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ben

    Wow, it's pretty ridiculous the paranoia cycles that persist after a terrorist attempt. It's as if the authorities think they have intelligence or something.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. exodus

    Well maybe just maybe we should bring our armies back from all these countries and see the difference. If I ran into a neighbour's house and started interfering in their matters they would call the cops and throw me out. The last thing we want is to have an indication of some terrorist attack and then just get our army into some other country.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
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