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.

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  1. johanna

    yesenia: I hear ya, things can be blow wildly out of proportion by the media, but these kinda things still need to be addressed. I'm not sayin that we're gona be running from blowing paper or checking everyone's shopping bags but there's still a need to be cautious.

    and anyone that said NYers have turned to whiney, wimpy people...well. I beg to differ and i'm sure all my fellow NYers will agree. Id put any NYer up against anyone else and back how tough we are. we survived 9/11 didn't we?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Monica

    To everyone else calling us paranoid... 9/11 was just a imagine on your T.V. screen.... to us the people jumping from windows were our neighbors friends family and co-workers.....

    May 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gregory

    EPIC FAIL!!! now if i leave a cooler outside, its gonna be a bomb!!! geez, the pros are even goin nuts for crap. if its a bomb, you can tell DUH!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Raul

    Wake up all...its a war between muslims and the non-muslims.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. edog355

    Wow – if NYC is going to shut down everytime someone forgets an item like a bag or a cooler, there's not gonna be much business (aka money) in NYC. People will go other places. This kinda dumb crap is exactly why I have no interest whatsoever in going to NYC, Chicago, LA or any other landfill in the US.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. erin

    NYPD is just being Earth Concious. They prefer SIGG Bottes. Plastic Kills

    May 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. world peace

    Might be the tactics to divert public attention / human being attention out of Oil leakage in Louisiana, this is a new make up. Finally, public will forget what happened in Louisiana. Now the earth is green. Why do you bother a common man and public, they are leading their lives peacefully, they have enough to worry about their own lives.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jim

    Shout "BOO" and America jumps !!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. andrew

    i would rather be dead then having to look over my shoulder evey time somebody thinks a water bottle is a bomb!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. James

    Its a setup......... the taliban probably wanted to see how we would react to another odd object. You ever think about that FBI

    May 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jay Em

    Let's see if we can get 100 comments out of this lame event.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. wags2810

    dontcareforNYimnWA-why dont you tell us where you live in washington? im sure a group of new yorkers, along with actual americans, and not redneck hicks like you would be more than happy to come pay you a visit..you disgusting piece of human trash

    May 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jay Em

    I mean 1000 comments

    May 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Will S

    Never happen in New Hampshire.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James

    Its a setup......... the taliban probably wanted to see how we would react to another odd object. You ever think about that FBI!!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
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