Times Sq evacuated briefly after false alarm
Parts of the Times Square were evacuated briefly today after a 'suspicious package' was reported to the police, which turned out to be a water cooler, a week after a failed car bomb attack at the tourist hot spot.world Updated: May 08, 2010 02:06 IST
Parts of the Times Square were evacuated briefly today after a 'suspicious package' was reported to the police, which turned out to be a water cooler, a week after a failed car bomb attack at the tourist hot spot.
A section of the busy shopping centre was cleared as police investigated a 'suspicious package', which they later said was a white cooler left on the siewalk.
An all-clear was given later after investigations were carried out over the contents of the cooler that was left in front of a hotel, close to where the SUV with the car bomb was placed by terror suspect Faisal Shahzad on Saturday.
A bomb squad robot completed its X-ray of the suspicious cooler, but it turned out to be a false alarm.
New York Police officials later gave an all-clear. "Situation all clear. The cooler contained water bottles," said NYPD.
It was the second suspicious-package call and at least partial evacuation in the area today.
Police cordoned off the square with yellow tape, and bomb-sniffing dogs surveyed the area.
Since the foiled car bomb attack last Saturday in Times Square, the number of "suspicious package" calls to the NYPD has increased.
Between Sunday and Wednesday, police have checked out 493 suspicious packages, compared with 381 in the same period last year, according to Wall Street Journal.
On May 1 police had found a car bomb in Times Square, that failed to explode, sparking a two-day manhunt that led to the arrest of Pakistani-born US citizen Faisal Shahzad.