False Alarm Empties Times Square
Forgotten cooler sets off massive reaction
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2010 12:42 PM CDT
Updated May 7, 2010 1:30 PM CDT
This image from video made available by EarthCam.com shows a view of Times Square in New York on May 7, 2010, after it was evacuated due to a suspicious package.   (AP Photo/EarthCam.com)
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(Newser) – Streets around Times Square have reopened after being evacuated when police received a report of a suspicious package abandoned under a bench in the area. The "package" turned out to be a small cooler with water bottles inside and a bag holding some papers, CNN reports. The objects were found near the Marriott Marquis Hotel at 46th Street and Broadway —a block from where Faisal Shahzad abandoned his SUV Saturday night.