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.

Members of the bomb squad are now suiting up to get a closer look. Are you there? Send photos, videos See photos from Times Square

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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. Greg

    Phew, #1039 wasn't me!

    May 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jay Em

    If you can't make fun of these things you need to lighten up. I'm sure even the NYPD are laughing at this after the fact.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bud

    Better safe than sorry, yes, but you have to draw a line. Does the contents of every garbage can in NYC need to be inventoried for us to feel "safe"? Is THAT not "better safe than sorry"? Do we need a police officer at every dumpster to oversee the depositing of refuse... is that not also "better safe than sorry"? If we start to jump at the mere site of a box sitting on the street, that means they won.

    I don't like in NYC, but to those saying "It's NYC, why should I care?"... well, you're pretty much idiots. We're all in it together... we're all the same target... we ALL get affected by what happens in NYC, what happens in Louisiana, and what happens in Arizona. It may not be as obvious, but YOU are sharing in these dangers. Of course, I'm sure this concept is lost on you... because like I said... anyone who says "It's NYC, why should I care?"... is clearly an idiot. So I guess all I can say is keep going to school... you'll get there some day.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bigee

    This is not something to joke about. I live and work in NYC. I worked a few blocks away from the towers on 9/11. It's better to be safe than sorry.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. exodus

    Well in either case the job as well done by those who strive to protect us. Really if there was a real one they could've been harmed themselves. But I admit that suspecting a 'cooler' was a little too much. What can u say its New York-th ebest and the most happenin city in the world!!These things will happen but only make it stronger.
    That being said lets bring back our forces from all those countries suspected of harbourin WMDs and pre WMD's war politics!

    May 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bill

    Since 911 over 5000 people have been murdered in NYC by New Yorkers. So, lets be real on who is terrorizing whom. In that same time, The US has killed many times that number of innocent Iraqi and Afgan civilians including women and children. If anyone thinks killing people will stop people from killing people, you are wrong.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    People are fighting here weather this is over reaction from police. But I think the real problem is the media. CNN shouldn't put this a BREAKING NEWS before confirming this is a real threat. CNN is spreading the fear over the internet.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jojo

    yikes...thats a lot of posts. it seems like there are a lot of people here that revert towards animousity towards new york and the USA. I'm guessing there is some sort of reasoning behind that. Inferiority, perhaps?

    Regardless, New York has had a rough time the past few years. Its bonded the city and the nation through a horrific tragedy. Tests, false bombs, response time...any of that is okay as long as in the end no one is hurt. Isn't that the main goal?

    I think its slightly ignorant to say that NYers are paranoid, or "wimpy". NYers have a deep sense of state pride and love for their country. And if attacked, we'll kick your a$$.

    I'm proud of whoever had the courage to step up and say something might be wrong, report it, and our Finest and Bravest that took to Times Square – the epicenter – to make sure its safe.

    everyone one of you bashing the NYPD, the united states, or NY as a whole should be ashamed of yourselves. to be filled with that kind of hatred only portrays you as a small, miserable, ignornant little person with no values.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ROB

    Maybe this was a dry run to determin response times and procedures to be used in such cases. It only takes 1 time for it to be real for anyone to get the message.

    All of you who think it is paranoia are obviously living with your head in the sand.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Aaron

    #925 – @Raul: You're the worst kind of ignorant moron: a foreign POS that thinks the "white people" you're trying to copy-cat actually give a CRAP about you. Missing OUR nationalism? Go back to India if you want actively violent conflicts. I'm sure there's an underground anti-Pakistani group for you to join ASAP. Oh, and how are you going to lump in Hindus with this so-called "religious war"? LOL!

    It's a war of the "Haves" vs. the "Have-Nots". Anyone that thinks this is Muslims vs. The World is a waste of organic material and should be recycled immediately.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. V

    Dont worry, while we worry about coolers left out in the open...the terrorists have to worry about a hellfire missle flying thru their bedroom window every night. I feel better about that. NO Way are they winning.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 1048

    All-clear given in Times Square scare

    May 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Raul

    Aaron...can you help Exodus name the terrorists in the past 10 years. He is so right in naming Adolf Hitler, but he is long gone.
    I would give my life to protect a non-fanatic muslim. When i say muslims i refer to the muslim nations who back them and the many muslims in those countries who are not in the forefront by support these terrorists financially etc.

    Does anyone out there agree that the Muslim nations are not doing enough to stop this Jihad in the name of religion. A true muslim is god loving/god fearing and would not hurt a child/ a woman.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Greg

    Comment #1061, I'd be nice to Raul, he's from a rapidly developing country with a population of over 1 billion people, By 2040 the balance of power will shift from liberal democracy countries like EU and US to India and China. And who knows, maybe they'll hire us as off shore phone centers for large corporations. Hey, it's a job.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. exodus

    @Aaron You read my mind! And yes 'Love you New York'!
    God bless America

    May 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
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