All Clear: 'Suspicious' Times Square Package Was Harmless : The Two-Way The discovery of a "suspicious package," according to CNN, has led to the closing of some streets around Manhattan's Times Square.
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All Clear: 'Suspicious' Times Square Package Was Harmless

2:22 p.m. ET: The whole thing's over. It was a small cooler with a couple water bottles in it.

Read through to see how this story played out.

1:34 p.m. ET:

Given what happened there Saturday night -- a botched attempt at a car-bombing -- it's not too surprising that the discovery of a "suspicious package," according to CNN, has led to the closing of some streets around Manhattan's Times Square.

WCBS Radio says 45th Street is closed between Seventh and Eighth avenues, and Seventh is closed between 46th and 44th streets.

According to the Associated Press, "the package is at 46th Street and Broadway."

Update at 1:42 p.m. ET. The city's official NotifyNYC Twitter page says that:

"Due to police activity in the vicinity of 46th Street and Broadway(MN) expect street closures in the Times Square area."

The AP and CNN are saying the package may be a cooler that was left in front of a hotel.

Update at 1:50 p.m. ET: The New York Post writes that:

"The package was reportedly near the intersection of 45th St. and Broadway near the Marriott Marquis hotel. That is the same corner where an SUV was parked Saturday in a failed attempt to detonate the vehicle in Times Square. The Nissan Pathfinder was loaded with propane, gasoline and fireworks."

Update at 1:53 p.m. ET: WABC-TV in New York is webcasting its coverage here.

Update at 1:57 p.m. ET: The New York Times' City Room blog says there was another suspicious package investigation in the area earlier today. It turned out to be a duffel bag containing "a gray shirt, white tube socks, a toothbrush and pens."

Update at 2:02 p.m. ET. New York's Daily News writes about the spike in reports of suspicious packages in the city since Saturday night's scare:

"NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the number of reported suspicious packages was up about 30% since last Saturday's botched bombing. There were 145 calls on Thursday alone, Kelly said, up from the typical 90-100 per day."

Update at 2:08 p.m. ET: WCBS Radio says "the bomb squad is responding." CNN adds that one member of that squad has approached the "package," or "white cooler" that has attracted attention.

Update at 2:15 p.m. ET: Fox News is streaming its coverage here. CNN says it has been told by New York City police that an x-ray taken by a robot of the cooler -- the suspicious package -- was "inconclusive."

Update at 2:21 p.m. ET: "All clear," NPR's Margot Adler reports from New York.

CNN says there were water bottles in the cooler.