Times Square Shut Down; NY Times Reports: “Bomb Found In S.U.V.”

Times Square was shut down tonight because of a mysterious package found in a S.U.V. According to the New York Times twitter feed (@nytimes) NYPD have actually found a bomb, though it that remains unconfirmed by other sources. Update – the Daily News now has this image of the suspected vehicle. Update #2: NYT has posted their story.

The scale of this story raised significantly when @nytimes made the following tweet:

Since then, the story remains fluid, with few tangible details emerging.

The Daily News has the following report:

Police evacuated New York’s Times Square Saturday night after a dark-colored sports utility vehicle was found to be smoking and a small “flash” was observed by firefighters on the scene.

Officers at the scene said the evacuation order stemmed from an “emergency investigation” and dozens of officers blocked access to the busy central Manhattan square, which is popular with tourists and theater-goers.

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said a vehicle had been left in Times Square, with smoke seen coming from it.

There was an unconfirmed report that someone was seen running from the car, Browne said. A bomb squad responded and a small fire was extinguished, he said.

“We’re just trying to determine if it was anything other than a car fire,” said Browne. “We don’t know yet if it’s anything more than that.”

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