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Friday, May 7, 2010

Part of Times Square Closed Due to 'Suspicious Package' - Report 5/7/10

Update: Officers from the NYPD bomb squad said a cooler in Times Square was not a threat and reopened city streets to traffic on Friday.

MSNBC: NEW YORK - New York police closed off part of Times Square in Midtown Manhattan on Friday as part of an investigation into a suspicious package.

Police said the package was a cooler that was in front of the Marriott Hotel. As a result, several blocks of Seventh Avenue were closed to traffic and pedestrians.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne says police have created some distance between the cooler and are "in an abundance of caution" looking into whether the cooler was abandoned by someone. Browne said no evacuations have been ordered from buildings.

Fox News: URGENT: The New York Police Department has closed off four blocks in Times Square and is investigating a suspicious package, Fox News has confirmed.

The main pedestrian artery in the heart of New York City has been shut down by police from 43th to 47th Streets as authorities investigate the package, found just blocks from where a bomb-laden was SUV was parked Saturday night in a botched terrorist attack.

The bomb squad is now investigating a small, white cooler left on the street, the AP reported. The attention of police is focused on the intersection of 45th Street and Broadway in front of the Marriott Marquis Times Square hotel, according to Fox News reporters on the scene.

Most traffic on 7th Avenue and Broadway has been closed by police along the four-block stretch, though pedestrians are being ferried along on cross-streets to avoid overcrowding.


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