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. Jill Duncan

    Me and my family are suppose to go to NYC for vacation in June. This really scares me!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Elizabeth

    "Oh, and I WOULD like my undies back."

    Re; the whites.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Vanessa

    It's better to be safe than to be sorry. If something would have truly went off , than the NYC officials would have been criticized for not taking action.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jimmy the Big Fat Greek

    This is mass hysteria. And everyone who's shaking their heads at me right now are saying: "better safe than sorry, better safe than sorry;" wagging their proverbial fingers at me like the wicked witch.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. melissa

    whoever said "i'd rather be paranoid than dead", i SECOND THAT! and if they didn't check it out, and something happened, all hell would break loose. paranoia is a GOOD thing when dealing with the lives of thousands!!! besides, they JUST found a REAL bomb there 3-4 days ago. i don't know how anyone could even make fun of this – so sad. i hope all is ok!!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Vicki

    Most of you posters are amazing. Not confirmed reports of anything but you blame out government, complain about police, assume it is a prank. Come to your senses. It is not getting better.There is no "can't we all just get along". The fanatics want us dead. Get that through your minds. People can expect the best but by God we better be prepared for the worst.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jonathan

    Wow every time someone drops a purse they are going to over react now

    Do you live here? Do you know how many cops partol this area? Do you know how serious they take these things?

    I would think about what you say before you post these uneducated comments about how the NYPD handles these very serious situations.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Selena

    @Cade – LOL! I know this is serious (although I do think and hope it is a prank) but you did make me laugh!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Californian

    Protecting our borders = Protecting our Country and her citizens

    May 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sandy

    To you "Paranoid" people, do you remember 911? I certainly do and how it's changed us all. It is so much better to be safe than to be sorry. How are you going to feel when you find out it was something and could have caused many deaths? I hope that it wasn't something just for our sake, but you just never know!!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Neil

    Paranoid android!

    May 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mia

    whoever said paranoia is beyond ignorant considering the times we're living in.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ray Scythe

    Paranoid, Lifeless, Sheep. From an Airplane they look like ants..And now, They look like ants...All of the time. You squash one and they all panic.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bob

    Be cautious. So what if its paranoid.
    So some tourists cant shop for a couple hours. Tough. Im glad someone is showing we take this crap seriously. Good for you NY.

    May 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. usmac

    could be some illegals accidently leaving their clothes behind

    May 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
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