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. kim

    Better to be safe than sorry. I'm glad that they are becoming hypervigilent about packages, burning cars, abandoned u-hauls. We can never let our guard down. When we do, disaster will strike.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kushibo

    Skeat-er, given that an actual bomb was found there just a few days ago, it would not be "paranoia" (which is UNJUSTIFIED fear and distrust). This may no doubt be the result of heightened fear or awareness, but given the events of the past few days, it would not be paranoia.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sky

    Hope it's a false alarm..

    May 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kathy

    A copy cat or this latest guys' collegues?

    May 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
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  6. Andy

    Paranoia? Yeah, if we keep thinking that it'll be 9/11 all over again..if anything its that reasoning, that we are all being "too paranoid" is exactly what terrorists are hoping I guess that t-shirt guy was being "too paranoid" when he saw the smoke coming from that SUV? THANK GOD HE WAS PARANOID!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
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  8. Quint

    Just like before – yeah it's scary, but will probably be nothing. BUT, what if? What if we don't do that and the next time it IS something bad – 9/11 bad. Then what?

    May 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David

    Heinlein's Corollary on Occam's Razor: Never attribute to malice that which can adequately be explained by stupidity (Remember the 2004 blackout? We all thought "giant terrorist attack on the grid", and then it turned out someone was asleep at the switch). I'm all for care, but when we find out this was someone's forgotten lunchbox, we'll all breathe a sigh of relief and get on with our day. Right?

    May 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John

    After 9/11 we have ample reason to be paranoid! We can't afford to get lax for even a minute any more. If I lived or worked in Manhattan, I'd be very grateful for these "paranoid" measures.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kate

    Doesn't surprise me. I think these "scares" are deliberate. If you can anesthetize people to not take these things seriously then it will improve chances of setting off a successful explosive. Think about it, if you have one of these false alarms happen each week for a couple of months by the 8th week people are gonna be more likely to think it's just one of those false alarms or phony bombs and not be as vigilant to report it. Then the next one isn't phony.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TwM

    This is easy some one is having "fun" leaving a package where someone could find it knowing that NYers are in an agitated state right now.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chares

    This country has turned into a pack of skittish p*ssies. I for one refuse to live in fear...if I get killed by some over-religious moron, so be it. But I will be damned if I am going to walk around, scared of abandoned diaper sacks or jumping every time I hear a "foreign" accent on English.

    Grow some balls, used to have a set that clanged with pure, all that remains is light tinkling of tungsten.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    better to be safe than sorry considering they have my buddies, me, and most of the U.S. soldiers over here in Afghanistan and Iraq. I guess the government forgot that 9/11 wasn't in Afghanistan, it was here in the U.S. Now the taliban are promising more attacks on major U.S. cities and yet our government still can't seem to get ahold of them. A suspected terrorist on a no fly list was able to board a plane. Just remember this, you can get mad at the government and show no support for the wars, but you should always show support for the U.S. troops. We don't get to choose where we're sent or what mission to take. We get orders and we follow them plain and simple.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kelly

    Paranoia!?!?! who cares...better safe than sorry after what happened years ago. Remember no one was paranoid then and look what happened

    May 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
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