October 4th, 2011
09:53 AM ET

7th Avenue in NYC reopened after suspicious package found to be harmless

[Updated 10:24 a.m.] 7th Avenue has been reopened in New York's Times Square.  Police have determined that an unattended backpack was harmless.

[Posted 9:53 a.m.] Police have shut down New York City's Times Square to traffic Tuesday as they investigate a suspicious package left aboard an MTA bus, authorities said.

The unattended backpack was discovered aboard the bus along a 7th Avenue between 49th Street and 50th Street, police said.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as soon as we get it.

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  1. shantal

    Bet it was somebodys lunch. Maybe a tuna salad sandwich with chips and apple juice. mmmmmmm tuna salad.

    October 4, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. michaelfury


    October 4, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Karen

    Lets hope it is our paranoia!

    October 4, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank ( R- Ohio )"Off the deep end"

    "Like a bunch of alley cats batting around a dead mouse". And not a flatulent mouse either. Just not one, no longer anally retentive.

    October 4, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:
    You're on the GasX roll today, aren't you?
    Hope everything is going well for your wife.

    Do you like coco with that tuna salad?
    I don't
    Not even with marshmallows.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    It was a joke to the Coco troll that was here a few weeks ago...funny trool, that one.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Funny *troll*, that is.
    No idea what a trool is.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Another day, another sigh of relief. This is how it has come to be.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    @ banasy, lol, trool- the drool of a troll, can be seen anywhere a hungry troll has been, like a snailtrail! Ick! They are stinky, disgusting creatures & now with the trool, even worse! PS. Backpacks left behind can be scary! Often belonging to a homeless person, containing all sorts of trash diggings! Which makes it stinky too, like 1 of them trooling trolls!! 🙂

    October 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mark L.

    New York City's Finest – The NYPD – Probably the BEST Police Force in the entire nation !!!!

    October 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. leeintulsa

    *That's* why there hasn't been another hit on nyc. Vigilance. Not fbi stings. See, unlike in pakistan, the people here care about psychos trying to kill people..

    October 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |