Suspicious Package Briefly Closes Streets Near Times Square

By Ben Fractenberg on August 23, 2011 4:49pm | Updated on August 23, 2011 4:55pm

A police line was set up at Eighth Avenue and Eighth Avenue because of a suspicious package. Police closed off a swath of Eighth Avenue on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
A police line was set up at Eighth Avenue and Eighth Avenue because of a suspicious package. Police closed off a swath of Eighth Avenue on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
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TIMES SQUARE — A suspicious package forced police and firefighters to close off a tourist-heavy stretch of Eighth Avenue between West 46th and West 48th Street for an hour on Tuesday afternoon.

Police were investigating a suitcase left next to a red Jeep parked in front of a fire house on Eighth Avenue, a police officer at the scene said.

Firefighters responded to the call at 3:45 p.m., FDNY officials said.

An hour later, the police confirmed it was a false alarm and reopened the streets.

 

 

 

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