NYPD: No bomb in Times Square van

Area reopened after abandoned vehicle had caused evacuations of buildings housing NASDAQ, Conde Nast

By Colleen Long
December 30, 2009 11:24PM (UTC)
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New York City's Times Square has been reopened to traffic after a bomb squad found no explosive devices in an abandoned van parked in the area.

The squad used a robot-based camera to approach the vehicle and open it Wednesday. Police say they found clothing inside.

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The area around 42nd Street between Seventh Avenue and Broadway was briefly blocked off as a precaution, and two high-rise buildings home to Nasdaq and Conde Nast were partially evacuated.

The van has tinted windows, and a placard from a nonexistent law enforcement agency is on the dashboard. It has no license plates, but a temporary registration was found inside the van and officers are trying to locate the owner.

Police officers on patrol noticed the van around mid-morning Wednesday. Security is tight as the New Year approaches.


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