Friday, May 07, 2010

Developing: Times Square Evacuated For Suspicious Package

Police are investigating the discovery of a suspicious package near New York City's Times Square not far from where Faisal Shahzad left the SUV that failed to blow up even as it was packed with propane tanks, gas, and fireworks.

This is the second evacuation of a space in Midtown today, with an earlier threat called in for 8th Avenue and 44th Street, near the Port Authority and New York Times headquarters.

Here's a live feed from Times Square - which is pretty much a ghost town. Here's a DOT traffic camera and it shows Times Square pretty much empty.

The photo is from Fox News, which shows that most of Times Square is empty, although crowd barricades are in place at 44th Street and blocks off the area that was in the vicinity of where the Shahzad attack occurred.

Via the Daily News, more information about that earlier incident, and the fact that more people are coming forward with reports of suspicious packages. That means that the NYPD is going through more calls per day than they were getting before Shahzad carried out his attack.
The section of W. 45th St. between 7th and 8th Aves. was shut down, along with 7th Ave. between 45th and 46th Sts.

A short time earlier, police responded to another suspicious package report on 8th Ave. and 45th St. - near where accused bomber Faisal Shahzad parked his explosives-laden SUV.

The package turned out to be someone's lunch, police said.

NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the number of reported suspicious packages was up about 30% since last Saturday's botched bombing.

There were 145 calls on Thursday alone, Kelly said, up from the typical 90-100 per day.
Looks like they've reopened Times Square to traffic.

It looks like my first inclination here was pretty much on target.
A suspicious cooler found on the sidewalk in front of the Marriott Marquis Hotel turned out to have water bottles and books inside it, CBS 2 has learned.

The small cooler was discovered at 46th Street and Broadway shortly after 1 p.m., forcing police to shut down a large portion of the surrounding area.

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