Friday, a suspicious package was found in Times Square and the area was evacuated; package contained water bottles. Friday at 1:15 pm ET, NYPD responded to a suspicious package call to Times Square in front of the Marriott hotel where a cooler has been abandoned, the area has been cleared and the bomb squad investigated the package with a robot and an x-ray machine. The x-ray was inclusive as to what is inside the package. An NYPD officer picked up the package and walked away it, as they re-opened the streets, and gave an all clear. The small green fabric cooler contained water bottles.
On an average day, NYPD get 90-100 suspicious package reports, but since the car bomb was found in Times Square last Saturday, but this week between Sunday and Wednesday NYPD have checked out 493 suspicious package calls, according to a CNN report.
The NYPD closed these streets for over an hour today:
- East bound on 46th street from 8th Ave
- West bound on 45th street from 6th Ave
- And the Broadway and 7th Ave plaza between 44th and 47th
- 44th and 47th streets themselves are not closed
People from around the world visit Times Square each year and it is the highest traffic area in the US. Last weekend several tourists from Utah were in Times Square when the SUV with a car bomb in it was discovered.
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