Times Square ‘Suspicious Package’ Was A False Alarm; All Clear Given

Times Square ‘Suspicious Package’ Was A False Alarm; All Clear Given

I just wrote about how Times Square was evacuated because of what authorities called a suspicious package. The suspicious package was reported by a street vendor to horse mounted police early this morning, and this event led to the eventual evacuation and shutting down of a portion of Times Square.

According to reports about the suspicious package, the package “looks like a cooler,” a police spokesman said. “We’re trying to see if it’s clear.”

It was the second suspicious-package call and at least partial evacuation in the area today.

Several streets have been closed as a precaution because the cooler was found a few blocks from where a smoking SUV and failed car bomb was found Saturday night.

There were several blocks closed as a precaution due to the worry over a possible bombing. NYPD are being especially careful because of the failed car bomb attempt in Times Square on Saturday, May 1, 2010.

The evacuation area was between West 44th and West 47th Streets after the police received reports of a suspicious package at Broadway and West 46th Street at about 12:45 p.m.

But the reports are now that the Times Square suspicious package was a false alarm and everyone can go back to work, eating hot dogs, checking out the sites of New York, etc…

I have a feeling this won’t be the last of the Times Square evacuations.