New York police evacuated part of Times Square on Friday to investigate a suspicious package a week almost after a car bomb was discovered in the area.And what was in the package?
"We're responding to a suspicious package," a spokesman for the New York Police Department (NYPD) told AFP. "We will be taking all necessary precautions."
On May 1 police found a large, but malfunctioning car bomb in Times Square, sparking a 53-hour manhunt that ended with the arrest of Pakistani-born US citizen Faisal Shahzad.
Gothamist notes that another "suspicious package shut down a block of Eighth Avenue by 44th Street earlier today," adding "We turn once again to the Office of Emergency Management Twitter page, which states: 'Due to police activity in the vicinity of 46th Street and Broadway(MN) expect street closures in the Times Square area.' Honestly this is getting kind of repetitive..."
Books and water bottles were found in the cooler after it was x-rayed, and the police called off the evacuation. MSNBC reporters spent five minutes congratulating the NYPD for "taking no chances" after the package fear turned out to be a false alarm.Not making me feel safer, guys.
God, but I am glad this week is over.