May 7, 2010 5:47 PM
Police say it was an "abundance of caution" that prompted them to shut down several streets in New York's Times Square area to traffic today while they investigated a cooler that had been left on a sidewalk.
The cooler was found about a block from where a failed car bomb was found last weekend. Police eventually found that the cooler contained only water bottles and books, and the streets were reopened. The cooler was X-rayed by the bomb squad. Six officers then opeend the cooler, took out its contents and carried it off. One man staying in a nearby hotel says it "seemed a little silly" to have such a reaction to a cooler left on a sidewalk.
But a vendor nearby said he thinks terrorists are "testing" New Yorkers to see what they'll tolerate. Since last week's failed bombing, police say there's been a 30 percent increase in the number of suspicious package reports. The city's police commissioner says people are becoming "more suspicious" and "more vigilant."