Suspicious Vehicle Causes Bomb Scare in New York City’s Times Square

Staff working at two high-rise buildings – home to Nasdaq and Conde Nast in NY’s Times Square – are now allowed back in after being evacuated due to a suspicious vehicle parked outside.

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.

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