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.

soundoff (1,087 Responses)
  1. Dan Bednarik

    See - I told you it was lunch. Enter Jay Leno. Why the hell are all you people sitting in front of your PCs and blogging to CNN anyway? Speaks to the demise of our society, go back to work and provide something real rather than more fodder for CNN to package and sell as news.

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

    I say BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. Had it been an explosive and they didn't evacuate people would be suing and threatening, spitting and fighting- angry all over the place. Threatening to sue the NYPD, the Governor, mayor, the President etc. I think it's absurd to call it paranoia, when just last week their was a car bomb in Time Square. Does anybody remember 9/11-THEY WERE SUCCESSFUL-with that one!! I'd rather lose a few hours away from Time Square than lose my life. Nothing should be taken lightly..Our enemies won't quit, they should never catch us sleeping–AGAIN!

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

    Ahhh, just feel the love in the air...

    May 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Eric Levesque

    trop drole, la prochaine fois ca va etre un nounours en peluche ou une godace

    May 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TD99

    Post #964. You are so right. We care what Bin Laden thinks and therefore we should be embarrassed. From now on, we should just ignore every single stray bag, cooler, car, truck, etc. and go on with our lives.

    Until one day...

    Out of nowhere...


    Then again, I'm probably nuts for thinking terrorists would ever target New York. Right?

    May 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. andrew

    destory the towers mass hysteria, leave a cooler outside a hotel nucleur bomb. PARANOIA

    May 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MrsFizzy

    dontcareforNYimnWA: Does 'WA' stand for WAziristan??

    May 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MML

    Wow, what a lot of highly-trained counterterrorism and EOD experts we have posting here. Kudos to the short bus that is the Internet.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jojo

    Life in the big city. Life in the computer age. I wonder if life would be better in a small unknown town without a computer, or TV.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe Q

    what continues to be a disturbing trend in general is the appearance of a knee jerk reaction on behalf of our government, state and federal, in these instances regarding homeland security. Whether it be the oil spill in the gulf, or a cooler of water in times square... we just are not prepared in my mind. If we were prepared with proactive policies practices and procedures... every cooler would be checked and every rig inspected, and when protocols called for a reaction, it wouldn’t be deemed as paranoia or knee jerk, rather it would give us the sense of security that our tax money and government work hard to be the very best they can be. But that would take work,...reacting is so much less time consuming, and cost effective....right?

    May 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Arthur

    This could easily be just a distraction while someone's actually doing something huge and everybody paying attetion in the wrong thing.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Harry

    hahahah at Really u tell him boy! hahaha lmao

    May 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Really


    dontcareforNYimnWA is in WA (Washington State) not WV.

    Those in West Virginia would agree more with you than with a Liberal D.ou.c.hehbag form Washington State. LEave Mullets alone LOL

    May 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. exodus

    @Raul Tim Mcveigh one oft he smaller ones and yes ofcourse Adolf Hitler the greatest one.I admit that he was the greatest terrorists of all times and before him -long before him there were wars between christianity and Izlam. So really we are not looking into that at the moment.
    In order to make America safe we need to bring our forces back home and yes provide full support to India and do whatever they want?We have to protect ourselves first and decide what is best for us rather than any other nation!
    I think we need to rethink our foreign policy and maybe next time send down forces to some non-muslim countries searchin for WMDs!

    May 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jay Em

    Bus ride to time square $75
    Night at the Marriot $175
    Leave cooler on sidewalk Priceless!

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