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. yesenia

    Johanna – I just feel like we are being swayed by the media and the government..the government is aware of these threats that are made to us, and now someone is messing with our heads by leaving things unattended and the media is just trying to be the first ones to cover the news so they get us all excited.

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

    It doesn't matter if people are scared or not. That's doesn't determine a win or a loss. What matters is if we give in to their demands. They hope we'll be so shaken that we'll run away. You can be scared and protect yourself, but at the same time, not give up the fight.

    In five minutes, everyone will carry on as if nothing happened. So don't start worrying about keeping score.

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

    For those of you who feel that the measures and precautions taken by our BRAVEST should drop what you’re doing and lace you boots and try protecting this State, let alone the country!!!!

    For some of you who obviously don’t live in Mecca city like NY; I rather be paranoid, inconvenience, bar-coded & over taxed, than DEAD. It is apparent that the caution to the wind people are VERY MISS GUIDED & FOOLISH in this day of possibility. “See something say a lot”

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

    JoAnn, gobble my salami.

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

    I agree Michael. These could be dry runs to test and observe our responses. "Let's see what happens when we leave a cooler in Times Square or park a U-Haul truck at the foot of the bridge." They could be probing. Even though some would call it paranoia, we can't get complacent.

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

    dontcareforNYimnWA:
    not your tax dollars, its NYs for checking out times square. Perhaps they'd leave you for dead because you're a putz

    May 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dENISE

    IT'S NOT PARANOIA YOU IDIOTS! 9/11 WAS VERY REAL AND NEW YORK IS A MAJOR TARGET!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. anthony

    its not paranoia its taking things seriously...ignorant people just refuse to believe these thing go on!the nypd is doing a terrific job protecting the city they dont get enough credit

    May 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. vikram

    The person responsible for leaving a cooler with no potential threat should be penalized for such careless actions. The penalties should be made public so that it deters further such incidents. A cooler is not a thing to be forgotten or thrown away in this manner. Height of IRRESPONSIBILITY.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Raul

    My friend Dee, taking precaution does not mean living in fear.

    Let fools laugh.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Man

    People in this country are way too afraid for their lives. I bet Al Qaida is having a good laugh right now.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Harry

    This country is very sad for the fact that the US Gov. loves to boss everyone around and gets involved with shiet that doesn't even involves with the US so now its getting back to us and Karma is a biatch!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mobius

    False Flag attack. That's pretty low, even for Barry.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Logic

    The NYU police didn't do much to find the recently obtained terrorist. The terrorist left his phone records and pathfinder VIN number, so if you're amazed by simple math such as 1+1=2, then I guess you'll be amazed by the sleuthing capabilities of our gov't. On top of it all, he got on the plane anyway, even though he was being tailed by the police. We're talking geniuses at work here.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nic

    everyone is such ninnies these days!
    so much for nationalism.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
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