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. dontcareforNYimnWA

    check it out i was stabbed by three gangsters walkin some kid home after he was robbed i almost died but i would still slap the police for wasting my tax dollars... why not send one mane in to check it ut it would take five minutes max instead of spending hour after hour wasting my money

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

    We need Gods intervention in thses times

    May 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jessica McCarthy

    I find this incredibly ironic since I believe that the companies that steal the basic necessities of life (WATER!) package them and sell them back at 1900x their cost while claiming the rights and control of those resource are terrorists. You might not see it today– they're like sleeper cells. But 20 years from now when clean water is scarce in many US regions, these companies will be our dictators. Get off the bottle today!

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

    I guess Mayor Bloomberg forgot his lunch on his way to work

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

    Posting 933

    You are lame. Way to be.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Greg

    Koo-la, kooooo-la, Koo-la, Koo-la, Koo-la kooooooooooooooooo-laaaaaaa
    Love that way that sounds 🙂

    May 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. wags2810

    paranoia? are you kidding me? for you to live in this country and even make a remark like that is absolutely ludicrous! how would you feel if you, your girlfriend/fiancee/wife, or any family members lived or worked there? what if there were suspected bombs in your cozy little town? im pretty sure you'd rather have the police checking things out if they felt it needed to be done. maybe you havent read enough, but the fact that the security risk is high, along with 30% more packages being stranded isnt enough for you? go crawl into a hole and wither away. on the other hand, if you're so "brave", why dont you be the one to walk up to an abandoned container and open it....

    May 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NYC Legal Gal

    Better safe than sorry.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dee

    Quit living in fear people some terrorist is watching the news and reading this laughing becuase they know your afraid. Any fool could have opened the cooler but TERROR wins. Scardy cats!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. OooOoo

    Nate " For those of you saying "better safe than sorry", I say "better sorry than safe." This is how the terrorists take our freedom from us. We need to all be prepared to die for our freedom and not give it away every time we see something that "could" be a bomb such as this cooler. Next time it will be an empty wine bottle with a paper bag around it which "could" contain plastic explosive. Better safe than sorry, right? How far will we take this and let our paranoia rule our lives and take away our freedoms. Terrorists can not take away our freedom, only WE can do that to OURSELVES with our paranoia. "

    agree, wait maybe it will be a bottle full of breast milk next time

    May 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AlaskaPenny

    Thank God I'm in Alaska; we exported our bomb.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nacho

    To everyone saying that it was paranoia, clearly you don't have a clue because even a small container can hold enough C4 to level a good portion of a building. I would rather the police be extra caution and make sure that it was a cooler of bottled water than some beat cop trying to be a hero opens it and it blows a hole in the side of the Mariott Marquis.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HK

    "We will continue to doing everything we possibly can to protect New Yorkers from terrorist attacks." Very true. If it was a bomb and did go off and no one bothered to check a "harmless water cooler" how would you people react? Living in Hong Kong and watching this at 2:43am scares the heck out of me... imagine the people in NYC. How can you expect people to just walk past and ignore something lying in the middle of the street – no matter what it is; car or water cooler. Difficult times lie ahead and it's better to be safe than sorry. This just goes to show the terrorists that America is and will be prepared. Good on the NYPD.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Really

    Hey czizz go crawl up "dontcareforNYimnWA" rectum where you belong

    May 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SoDone

    SERIOUSLY??! Water bottles in a cooler..WE should all praise New York's Finest

    May 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
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