The New York Police Department said it blocked off Broadway at 42nd Street just after 11 a.m. Wednesday to investigate a white 1992 Dodge van with tinted windows and no license plates that had been parked at the location for two days. The NYPD send out a bomb-sniffing robot and remote cameras to examine the contents of the fishy vehicle. It was quickly determined the vehicle was safe.
After police officers sounded the all-clear, they reopened streets near Times Square that they had barricaded for nearly two hours. Cityroom: “We gained entry to the vehicle and found clothing inside,” in the back of the van, Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman. “There’s no explosive device. The area is being restored to normal traffic.”
The bomb scare came just 24 hours before tens of thousands will gather in Times Square to ring in the 2010.