Times Square sees another evacuation

The busy centre has been re-opened after the police evacuated it following a report of a suspicious package around 9 pm  local time.

The package that was found in the garbage has now been declared as a ‘harmless empty bag’ after being checked by a bomb squad, the NYPD said.

This is the third evacuation to happen in the past 11 days, during which such false alarms have increased considerably.

The police have received hundreds of suspicious package calls after a failed bombing attempt by Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad on May 1.

Shahzad had allegedly tried to blow up the Time Square by leaving a car bomb in a Nissan Pathfinder in the area.

Shahzad, who was arrested 53 hours later trying to escape to Dubai on an Emirates flight, was apprehended at the John F Kennedy airport.

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