May 7, 2010 5:47 PM

Excessive caution cleared Times Square

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."




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