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. Cdizz

    Comment 945 (Really)

    It's Cdizz. Please try to get it right when you reply back to this...

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

    exodus....Please tell me the names of all the terrorists who have attacked America, Israel, Phillipines, UK and India to name a few countries. Than, I will educate you on how to recognize a Muslim/jew/hindu/christian name.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. anthony

    god bless our troops home and abroad!they fight the fight !remember nationa law enforcment week!pray for those who made the ultimate sacrafice in the line of duty!pray for the 9/11 widows and families!god protect them!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. D

    Coleman Coolers - Built tough (to hold water bottles)

    May 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joe

    Rush will say it was planted by President Obama

    May 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cdizz

    did we reach 1,ooo yet?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ryan

    Monica, learn to spell and use proper grammar before you start forming opinions and posting them on the internet.

    A person who cannot express themselves properly probably doesn't think properly.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fatfingerB

    Getting our military out of the middle-east is the best way to protect the US.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nacho

    I hope you post where you are so we can come find you and show you just what we think of trash like yourself.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Greg

    Besides the Koo-la I like how fecal mater sounds when you say it. Eh, that's just me though.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cdizz

    Almost there

    May 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael

    Hey edogg355, we don't want you anyway.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jay Em

    1000 bottle of water on the wall. 1000 bottles of water!

    May 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Greg

    HaHa! This is exactly what they want and we're all playing right into their little hands. Terrorists don't care about the dozen or so people that they kill. they want everyone else to jump a mile whenever something goes bump in the night. shmucks

    May 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
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