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. 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 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shawshank

    Every terrosrist is having link in pakistan ...why US is not taking any strong action against them ??

    May 7, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Shawn

    Better safe then sorry at this point. And for all the great thinkers on here who can only bash NYC, Mayor Bloomberg, the NYPD and anything that has to do with New York you prove without a shadow of a doubt why this country is in the shape it is in at the moment.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. notamoron

    by the way, this stuff happens every day in nyc, you just may not always catch the news blurb on it (did you hear about the abandoned uhaul on the triboro bridge the other night that reeked of gasoline?). this is our way of life, yet we live happy and fearless everyday, and more aware of the world around us. try it sometime – we are well aware of the wimp crybaby ignoramus demographics in this country, which is why we live here.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Matt

    Its New York City........WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kris10

    I agree with Walter's comment. Best one, yet.

    Thank you, sir.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 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 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cdizz

    Kris10 wants to suck Walter's c***

    May 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Miranda

    Let me guess its going to be another paki

    May 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dain Rudolph

    I saw a parked car. It could have a bomb in it. I think we should call the bomb squad. I wonder how stupid they felt when they found just water in the cooler. Way to go World Police Team America....

    May 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Really

    Comment 945 (Really)

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

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    CDIZZ (see I got it right! LOL),

    Give me your Momma's address and I'll pay her a visit instead.... 🙂

    it was obviously a typo from typing to fast you idiot. Nice attempt at a swarmy intellectual comeback you a$$hat

    May 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. john john

    drill baby drill!

    May 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jgg

    pretty sure dontcareforNYimnWA has a hard on for NYers cause he knows the NY women are too classy, smart, and gorgeous to mess with a redneck from tooth...mullet...we dont run with clowns like that

    May 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. KS

    paranoia is a poor word choice. heightened awareness is really what this.

    on a separate note, why do people who post feel the need to insult, criticize or demean others by calling them names. stick to the topic at hand. otherwise you appear to be less credible.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jay Em

    A lot of people on this post have not read the Term of Service agrrement that come with these comments, how disappointing, Shall we go for 2000 comments?

    May 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
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