TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan -- The all-clear has been given after Times Square was briefly evacuated Saturday night due to a suspicious vehicle.
Police began to clear the the area around 8 p.m. when they discovered an unattended truck that was left running on West 46th Street, at the entrance to the Marriott Hotel.
Officers approached the vehicle, which was parked in a bus stop, and noticed that the truck listed a Brooklyn address on its side but was licensed in Georgia. When the officers looked into the cabin portion of the truck, they observed wires extending out from the dash board towards the rear of the truck and gas canisters behind the seat.
They immediately requested the response of the Emergency Services Unit (ESU) and the Bomb Squad. With the assistance of the Times Square Unit, Mounted Unit, the Strategic Response Group and other patrol personnel, the surrounding area was evacuated of all pedestrians and occupied vehicles pending the investigation.
Upon further inspection by the Bomb Squad and the ESU, the truck and gas canisters were determined to be empty. A short time later, the driver of the vehicle was located. The truck has been deemed safe and the investigation is ongoing.