BREAKING: NYPD Shutting Down 42nd Street In Manhattan Due To Suspicious Package (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Turns out it was nothing but an empty suitcase. 

An empty suitcase shut down part of Times Square at the height of the morning rush Wednesday after someone called police to report a potentially suspicious package, the latest sign the city’s jitters have not eased from Saturday’s bombing in Chelsea.

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I suppose the city is going to have to get used to this, even if it turns out to be a false alarm. That said, if somebody saw something suspicious and reported it, that’s a good thing. No telling what could have happened in New Jersey had two homeless men not reported what they found in a trash can.

Right now, the NYPD is shutting down 42nd street at 7th avenue:

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Photos of the area

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