Police evacuated New York’s famous Times Square early this morning after a dark-colored sports utility vehicle was seen 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. It’s three miles north of the World Trade Centre site, where the atrocities of September 11, 2001, were carried out.
New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said a vehicle had been left in Times Square, with smoke seen coming from it. It was discovered to contain explosives and a timing device.