New York Police Say Package in Times Square Cleared, Deemed Not Suspicious
16:50 GMT 19.08.2021 (Updated: 17:33 GMT 19.08.2021)
WASHINGTON (Sputnik ) - The package that prompted the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to evacuate parts of Times Square has been cleared by bomb squad canines and is deemed not suspicious, the NYPD said on Thursday.
Police took to Twitter to update the public on the latest developments in the operation.
Earlier on Thursday, the NYPD said that they were responding to a report of a suspected package.
“Due to a police investigation please avoid the area of West 45 Street to 48 Street on Broadway to 7th Avenue in Manhattan. Update to follow,” the official NYPD News Twitter account said.
A part of Times Square was evacuated after something resembling a “cookie tin” was thrown toward people in Father Duffy Square. There is no indication the object was a real device, but precautions are being taken given the ongoing bomb threat in Washington, DC.